Semi-trucks block US-31 for man dangling on overpass

Muskegon County
Man on Apple Avenue overpass over US-31 in Muskegon

An undated courtesy photo shows a man on the edge of the E. Apple Avenue bridge over US-31 in Muskegon. (June 18, 2019)

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — A portion of southbound US-31 in Muskegon was shut down Tuesday afternoon as semi-trucks gathered under an overpass that a man was dangling from.

Muskegon police say the 33-year-old Muskegon man was a suspect in an assault against a female at a home on Fleming Avenue at Roberts Street. Officers were called to the scene around 12:40 p.m. Tuesday, but the man drove off before they arrived.

Investigators say the man stopped near the overpass, got out of his vehicle and climbed over the bridge guardrail.

US 31 Apple Avenue Muskegon man dangling
A still image taken from video submitted to ReportIt shows the suspect dangling from the E. Apple Avenue bridge over US-31. (Antonio Vazquez/ReportIt)

Photos sent to 24 Hour News 8 show semi-trucks parked under the overpass the man was dangling from. The scene was similar to a situation last year when 13 semi-trucks lined up across all lanes of I-696 in Detroit to prevent a suicidal man from injuring himself.

Police say they talked the man off the bridge and took him to a hospital for a mental evaluation.

US 31 Apple Avenue Muskegon man dangling
A still image taken from video submitted to ReportIt shows the suspect dangling from the E. Apple Avenue bridge over US-31. (Antonio Vazquez/ReportIt)

Muskegon Police Chief Jeff Lewis said they’re investigating the alleged assault.

Anyone with additional information in this case is encouraged to contact Muskegon police at 231.724.6750 or Silent Observer at 231.722.7463.

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