Authorities safely talked down a man who threatened to jump off a Highway 99 overpass that stalled traffic Tuesday afternoon in south Turlock.
The California Highway Patrol said the man was first spotted sitting on a railing on the overpass at Linwood Avenue.
CHP officers diverted traffic in both directions off the highway at South Golden State Boulevard and West Main Street.
CHP officials said a Turlock police negotiator talked to the man, who eventually agreed to step away from the railing to safety. He apparently was upset over the difficult economic times.
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About 4:20 p.m., the man was taken into police custody.
CHP officials said the highway was being reopened.