PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- Two vehicles collided on Highway 30 underneath the St. Johns Bridge shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday.
At least one person was seriously injured. Emergency responders used hydraulic tools to get the person out of a vehicle.
Shortly before 5 p.m. the Oregon Department of Transportation sent out the following notice: "Motorists should expect lengthy delays on U.S. 30 Thursday afternoon -- following a crash under the St. Johns Bridge that came while the bridge was closed for a police action."
The St. Johns Bridge had closed as officers talked with a woman threatening to harm herself.
"A limited deployment of Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) officers responded to assist CNT members with being able to safely talk with the suicidal woman," according to the Portland Police Bureau.
At the crash scene, investigators determined a 36-year-old man "pulled his car to the right of the southbound lanes to watch the police activity on top of the St. John's Bridge, then pulled out into traffic to do a U-turn -- when he was struck by another southbound vehicle driven by a 41-year-old man."
The driver of the U-turning car was T-boned by the southbound car and received "traumatic injuries," police said late Thursday.
One lane of traffic in both directions initially were directed around the crash on Northwest Bridge Avenue. Bridge Avenue is the ramp leading to the bridge. Highway 30 remained closed in both directions for a time, but re-opened shortly before 6 p.m.
The bridge and highway closures together created lengthy delays in the area. The bridge remained closed -- for continued police response to the woman on the bridge -- until around 9 p.m. Thursday.
At that time, "Members of the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) were able to successfully talk the woman threatening to jump off the St. John's Bridge into coming down and going to the hospital," according to the Portland Police Bureau.
Thursday's police response comes just two days after Worldwide Suicide Prevention Day; the month of September also is being recognized as Suicide Prevention Month. If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts -- or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis -- the following options are available:
- The Multnomah County Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day at 503.988.4888.
- Lines for Life is available 24 hours a day at 503.972.3456.
- Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare has an urgent walk-in clinic, open from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., seven days a week. Payment is not necessary. Call 503.963.2575.
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