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Update: All lanes open on I-75 after being blocked due to suicide

Published: Feb. 25, 2021 at 8:54 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 25, 2021 at 9:08 PM EST
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) -Florida Highway Patrol Troopers say the scene is now clear after a suicide blocked traffic for hours on I-75 in Gainesville Thursday evening.

Troopers say the incident happened at 3:36 pm at the Millhopper Road Bridge. Northbound lanes were blocked for about four and a half hours as troopers investigated the death.

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In an FHP report, troopers say a 48-year-old man from Myrtle jumped off the overpass. He collided with the trailer of a semi-truck. Alachua County Sheriff’s PIO Sgt. Frank Kinsey told TV20 dispatch received a call about a man on the bridge but arrived too late to help.

“He appeared distressed, several units were on route,” said Kinsey. “As a deputy arrived on the scene, the deputy said individual jumped from the bridge, colliding with a vehicle on the interstate.”

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