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Teen Threatens to Jump Off Carmenita Boulevard Overpass in Cerritos

Traffic was completely shut down in both directions of the Artesia (91) Freeway for about 10 minutes during the Wednesday morning incident.

A portion of the Artesia (91) Freeway in Cerritos was shut down Wednesday morning when a teenage girl was dangling off the Carmenita Boulevard overpass above the westbound lanes and threatening to jump.

Officers from the Cerritos Sheriff's Station and California Highway Patrol were called to the overpass just before 9 a.m. upon receiving several reports of a possible jumper, said CHP Officer Tatiana Sauquillo. 

When deputies arrived at the location, a civilian was spotted holding onto a teenage girl who was climbing over the overpass fence. "The juvenile was able to climb over the fence and was holding on with her hands," said sheriff's Lt. Richard Harpham of the Cerritos Station.

"Cerritos (sheriff's) personnel, the civilian, and a member of the California Highway Patrol took hold of the juvenile’s wrists as she was dangling over the westbound 91 freeway," Harpham said, adding that they were unable to pull the girl back over the fence and the situation went on for several minutes. 

The juvenile ultimately gave in to the lifesaving efforts and the officers were able to bring her back to safety, Harpham said. 

The girl, a resident of Cerritos, was taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation, according to the sheriff's station.

Both directions of the freeway were temporarily shut down by CHP during the incident, but all lanes reopened at about 9:10 a.m.

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Stephanie Emery November 14, 2012 at 09:22 PM
It is so sad to see people feel so low. The Cerritos civilian is a true hero for saving this girls life. I pray that she gets the help, love, and support she needs.
Mary November 15, 2012 at 04:18 AM
I hope the young teen gets the help that she needs. My prayers go out to the teen and her family. Thanks to the people involved that helped her.
Miah November 15, 2012 at 05:05 AM
Nothing i'm this world is worth committing suicide, life has Ups and downs we just have to learn how to cope with situations in life. When a person commits suicide they don't realize the life long damage they cause to everyone around them. If you or some one you know is suicidal talk to someone, get help, its not worth it.
Selena November 16, 2012 at 06:51 AM
This is to the civilians that were there " u truly are angels from above " imagine if u weren't there? God sent u there , it wasn't her time to go ... Good job and my prayers go out to her she looked so lost and all cried out . Life short don't be afraid to ask for a helping hand.
Amanda Farmer November 20, 2012 at 07:10 PM
I saw this incident and it is still haunting me everytime I pass under the bridge and visualize her dangling feet. Thanks to the civilians and rescue teams for giving this girl another shot at life

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