Traffic comes to halt as Harris County deputies save suicidal man dangling from overpass

EMBED </>More Videos

Good Samaritans scramble to save man from overpass in Houston, Deborah Wrigley reports. (KTRK)

Traffic on 45 north came to an abrupt halt Sunday morning as drama unfolded on the freeway overpass.

A suicidal man was seen dangling from the concrete railing. Onlookers gathered below the overpass and held out their arms to catch the man if he let go.

David Garcia, 19, recorded the whole incident, which he said lasted four minutes.

"At the beginning, it was one person up there. He was talking to him," Garcia said. "But then, I guess something happened and he was going to go through with it.

EMBED More News Videos

A man was seen dangling from the concrete railing, while onlookers gathered feet below- holding out their arms to catch the man if he let go.

Garcia told Eyewitness News that the man almost jumped.

"He almost jumped. He dangles and put his whole body over and then he wiggled out of his shirt," Garcia said.

Two deputies from the Harris County Sheriff's Office pulled the man to safety.
In a tweet, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said Deputy Leal suffered a minor injury, but is in good condition.

The man was taken to Ben Taub Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. His identity has not been released.
Related Topics:
societygood samaritanrescuecaught on videoHouston
(Copyright ©2019 KTRK-TV. All Rights Reserved.)