I-293 shut down at South Willow Street after man reportedly jumps from overhead bridge

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Police at the scene of an incident on I-293 involving a person who reportedly jumped from the overhead bridge into traffic below. Photo/Jeffrey Hastings, frameofmindphoto.com

STORY UPDATE, 9 p.m. July 15: State Police have identified the man killed Monday as Richard Newton, 40 of Manchester. Read the full update here.

MANCHESTER, NH – Manchester Police were assisting NH State Police with a “medical emergency,” on Interstate 293 Monday morning after a man reportedly jumped into traffic from the South Willow Street bridge, which extends over 293.

Initial reports indicated the person who jumped may have hit at least one vehicle on the highway below the bridge. The roadway was initially fully closed by NH State Police, and traffic was diverted onto the Exit 1 ramp at South Willow Street and back onto the highway from there. Police reported just before noon that the left lane was open to traffic.
Manchester police issued a Nixle alert at 10:40 a.m. asking motorists to seek alternate routes. Manchester Police and the crisis intervention team were at the scene.
We’ll bring you more information as it becomes available.

If you or a loved one are in crisis or having suicidal thoughts, there is a 24/7 helpline: Contact The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester (603) 668-4111. For more resources in New Hampshire, click here.

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