The incident had halted all traffic shortly before 2:30 p.m., according to Los Angeles Fire Department officials.
#Breaking Thousands of drivers stranded on the 101 frwy near downtown Los Angeles as #CHP tries to talk down a jumper dangling from a sign in Boyle Heights. Airbag cushion deployed #lafd @LAFD pic.twitter.com/y6P3LFnkxi— Chris Cristi (@abc7chriscristi) January 24, 2019
The California Highway Patrol tweeted at about 4:45 p.m. that all northbound lanes remained blocked, as well as three southbound lanes.
Rows of vehicles were completely stopped for miles in the middle of the freeway. Frustrated drivers were spotted sitting on top of their cars and standing outside of their vehicles.
The shirtless man, who officials said was possibly suicidal, appeared distressed as he moved around the freeway sign.
Large inflatable cushions were placed underneath in case the man jumped onto the freeway.
Shortly before 6 p.m., the man made his way onto a ladder and eventually came down on his own when an officer appeared to make his way toward him from the other end of the freeway sign.
Update COMPLETE - #AgencyAssist; INC#0913; 5:26PM; SB 101 Fwy near Mission Road overpass; https://t.co/wVOS27vMaY; #BoyleHeights; CHP has taken one male into their protective care; LAFD will provide medical assessment and ... https://t.co/i87FwE67wp— LAFD (@LAFD) January 25, 2019
The man was taken into protective care and will undergo a medical assessment, LAFD officials said.