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Woman threatens to jump off overpass in Anniston

ANNISTON (AP) — A 24-year-old woman shut down traffic on Alabama 202 in Anniston after she cut herself and threatened to jump off the overpass onto a railroad bed near the Calhoun County Sheriff's Department.

Anniston Police Chief John Dryden said police negotiator Allen George talked the woman, whose name was not released, down off the overpass ledge Tuesday afternoon.

She was taken to Regional Medical Center for treatment of self-inflicted cuts on her wrists.

Dryden said the woman's children were recently taken into state custody.

Police arrived just before 3:30 p.m. and found her standing on the edge of the bridge. She then jumped about eight feet down to a ledge and said she was going to jump the remaining 15 feet to the ground.

Dryden said he doubted the fall would have killed her.

Alabama 202 was closed for about 20 minutes while George persuaded the woman to climb a ladder and get medical help. She eventually climbed the ladder on her own. Dryden commended George and other officers, saying they were able to get a peaceful ending out of a very tense situation.

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