This is terrible news to report, but it is a sign of times in which we live. You might be stuck on a train only to learn through social media that a woman is giving birth just up the tracks. Or that traffic tie-up on Washington, D.C.’s Key Bridge might not be a traffic accident but a suicide attempt.
Here’s the official word:
Expect delays on the Dupont/Roslyn route
East and West bound. Due to an emergency
on Key Bridge.
— DC Circulator (@DCCirculator) January 8, 2013
News travels fast these days, and it doesn’t take long to learn what’s really going on ahead of you.
— DeAngelo Baynes (@DeAngeloBaynes) January 8, 2013
1/2 MPD & DCFEMS is on scene of a possible jumper OBKey Bridge, NW. OB/IB Key bridge is closed until further notice. AVOID THE AREA
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) January 8, 2013
MPD officers talking to man who is possibly threatening to jump from Key Bridge. @nbcwashington
— Jackie Bensen (@jackiebensen) January 8, 2013
— Burns Strider (@BStrider) January 8, 2013
Key Bridge completely shutdown, cops everywhere @WNEWNews
— Sky Kerstein (@SkyKersteinFox2) January 8, 2013
— The Georgetowner (@TheGeorgetownr) January 8, 2013
We certainly hope that’s not the case, either. We don’t have any official reports yet, but it doesn’t look good. Twitchy will update as events develop.
#BREAKING: Key Bridge is shut down to cars & pedestrians in both directions. Possible jumper in water, police say.
— WUSA9 (@wusa9) January 8, 2013
@katiepavlich Wondered what that was about. Saw police boats headed that way when Yellow Line crossed the river.
— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) January 8, 2013
Keep calm out there if you can.
— Jimmy Rixner (@Hooks_Orpik) January 8, 2013
Brush fires on 270, president driving around Beach Dr in his full motorcade, no power in Germantown & the Key Bridge jumper. Park that car
— Taylor (@TC_Sass) January 8, 2013
Don't drive near Georgetown area. Traffic moving inches a min due to possible jumper on Key Bridge. Pray this ends well. #DC
— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) January 8, 2013
— Jason Collins (@JasonCollinsDC) January 8, 2013
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After about three hours, police say they managed to take the man into custody and reopen the bridge to pedestrian traffic.
Update: Key Bridge, NW — MPD advised the subject is in custody; he’s conscious/alert & traffic will be opening up momentarily./7066
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) January 9, 2013
Police just reopened the Key Bridge to pedestrians on the Va. side, thanking a crowd for its cooperation. Cars still blocked.
— Elizabeth Titus (@emtitus) January 9, 2013
(Hat tip: Katie Pavlich)