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Update: Weekend overpass-jumper incidents close TCH near Duncan

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP. - file
North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP.
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Potential overpass jumpers closed the Trans-Canada Highway south of Duncan briefly Friday and Saturday.

Police say two different males threatened to jump from the highway walkway on the weekend, and were taken to hospital for assessment.

Those events followed a overpass-threat event in mid-March.

Enclosing the overpass with safety mesh rests with government officials, the Mounties noted.

"Friday we received a 911 call from a male threatening to harm himself," said North Cowichan/Duncan Cpl. Krista Hobday. "We responded en mass and were able to reason with him, and bring him to safety.  He was then taken to the hospital for assessment."

Saturday's 911 calls alerted cops that a male was on the overpass, she explained.

"We responded en mass, and he was spoken to by one of our negotiators, and convinced to come in from harm's way. "He too was transported to the hospital for an assessment."

Mounties rerouted Saturday's traffic onto Miller Road, and behind the Old Farm Market, while officers dealt with the overpass safety event.

Regarding a pattern of behaviour after the three potential-suicide tries, Hobday referred calls to metal-health agents.

"None of us here at the detachment are in a position to speak to the mental well being of these three men."

The need for mesh wire, or any other restraint system, should be addressed by local government, or the Ministry of Transportation, noted Hobday.

"It isn't our position to make requests of the MOT regarding road configuration, overpasses etc. We leave that up to their engineers."

Mounties rerouted Saturday's traffic onto Miller Road, and behind the Old Farm Market, while officers dealt with the overpass safety event.

 

 

 

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