A section of the westbound I-10 Freeway was closed Thursday while police investigated a suicide. 

Officers were called to the scene at about 2 p.m. for what witnesses described as a man jumping onto the freeway. Witnesses saw a man at the overpass hugging the guardrail. The victim then jumped over onto the westbound lanes, striking a vehicle as he landed. 

Santa Monica Fire Department personnel arrived on scene and pronounced the male deceased. All I-10 westbound lanes were closed off and traffic was diverted at Lincoln Blvd. for several hours, flooding Downtown Santa Monica with through traffic. 

If you or a member of your family are struggling during this time of isolation, please reach out for help from a mental health professional by calling (800) 854-7771 or by texting LA to 741741. Additional resources from the LA County Department of Mental Health are available at dmh.lacounty.gov.

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