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SR-78 at Nordahl reopens after hours-long shut down

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SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) - State Route 78 is flowing again in San Marcos after a standoff with a man threatening to jump off the Nordahl Road bridge caused eastbound traffic to shut down for about three hours.

The incident occurred Friday around 6:30 a.m. just west of Interstate 15. California Highway Patrol began redirecting traffic at Nordahl Road exit, which had a ripple effect on other nearby roadways.

CBS News 8 received cell phone video sent in by a viewer showing the man holding onto a ledge, about six inches wide, over the slow lane of the eastbound side of SR-78.

After three hours of negotiating with the man, California Highway Patrol and sheriff's deputies were successful in convincing the man not to jump and he climbed back over the safety fence.

During that time, traffic was a nightmare for morning commuters, especially on the eastbound side. Cars were at a standstill during the peak of rush hour.

"It did cause quite an issue with traffic this morning on 78 in both directions. When I was looking at my map it was as far back as Rancho Santa Fe, but that was in the 9 o’clock hour,” said Mark Latulippe, CHP.

No one was hurt during the incident. The man was taken away in an ambulance to get a mental evaluation.

No word on any charges he will face.

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