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Police Talk Suicidal Woman Down from Train Bridge

The 23-year-old woman was standing on the train trestle above Alhambra Avenue Thursday evening until crisis negotiators encouraged her to come down.

The ramps to Highway 4 were blocked at Alhambra Avenue Thursday evening as police responded to reports of a suicidal woman on the train trestle. 

Officers arrived on scene shortly after 7:15 p.m. to find a 23-year-old woman standing on the bridge above Alhambra Avenue refusing to come down. Claycord has a picture of the scene, which shows a single person standing on the tracks above the road. Witnesses say a crowd gathered in the road to watch.

Crisis negotiators spoke with the woman for around 30 minutes, according to the Martinez Police Department, and encouraged her to walk off the trestle.

The woman was not injured but was transported by ambulance to county hospital, said Sgt. Steve Gaul in a press release.

The trestle above Alhambra Ave runs parallel to Highway 4 and is usually a busy intersection. Police blocked entrances and exits on the highway until the incident was resolved, around 9 p.m.

Linda M. July 20, 2012 at 04:39 AM
It was very disappointing to see adult men with their young children standing around looking at this scene unfolding. What sort of father brings his young children to observe a possible suicide? Some of these people were running around with their young children in traffic, running across intersections as confused drivers are directed out of the area. Shame on all of you.
Linda Meza July 20, 2012 at 02:03 PM
That's disturbing. I saw something on facebook, then I read Claycord's account and being about a mile away from that intersection all I could think to do was pray.
Don Guerrero July 20, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Anyone know anything about the non LE vehicles under the trestle? Or the Prius with front end damage JEO Alhambra on Hwy 4? We're they related? Glad the young lady is ok.
Jeannie July 21, 2012 at 07:11 AM
It is not a show for people to gawk at. Life or death situation here folks. Glad sh is okay.
Lynn Mann July 22, 2012 at 05:57 PM
People were not gawking. They were concerned. And there were not people running across the street with their kids. If anything the drivers were not doing what he police were asking them to do and ignoring the flares in the road.

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