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I-440 at New Bern Avenue reopens

Posted December 15, 2008

— Interstate 440 at New Bern Avenue reopened to traffic Monday afternoon after police closed all lanes to traffic for more than three hours.

Authorities and emergency officials responded to the area around 12:30 p.m. to help a woman in distress on an overpass.

Shortly before 4 p.m., an ambulance took the woman to a local hospital to be evaluated.

There were no reports of injuries.

Both directions of I-440 were closed, as well as eastbound traffic on New Bern Avenue.


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  • Burger Dec 15, 2008

    There is a difference between being less than compassionate and task oriented. As a task oriented person, I believe it shows more compassion to off yourself in private instead of play with traffic. If I needed help, I would go get help. If I wanted to commit suicide, I would go commit suicide. once you've made a decision it shouldn't take more than 5 or 10 minutes to implement a plan.

  • ctechic2004 Dec 15, 2008

    JAT-Your comments were insensitive and uncalled for. Hopefully you or anyone in your family will never feel so despondent to contemplate suicide.

    This person obviously needed help. And who's to say that she didn't try to seek such help and was turned away.

    As far as WRAL giving all the info, why should they give info that may have caused a crowd to gather and get in the way of the police and others from doing their jobs.

  • foxyladync Dec 15, 2008

    USA - you are probably one of THE MOST insensitive people out there. JAIL, you say???? Get real, a person who is even considering suicide is not a rational being and you should pity anyone who would even consider such a drastic measure.

    To all of you who say, she must not have been serious because she would have jumped already or made comments about how she should know that the drop wasn't enough to kill her without traffic. What in the **** is wrong with you people?
    I pray that none of you, who can analyze this situation so callously, ever get to an emotional state where you feel the need to consider such an option.

    Formulate some compassion - PLEASE!

  • USA Dec 15, 2008

    You know how important this wasn't? WRAL took 15 minutes into their broadcast to tell us about this. After evaluation this lady needs to go to jail.

  • Picaflora07 Dec 15, 2008

    of course after I finally got through the traffic - the gal decides its not worth it to jump and the lanes re-open...

    In all seriousness, I feel for her and whatever may be going on. I'm glad that she's safe, and hopes she gets the help she needs.

  • something2say Dec 15, 2008

    I can't imagine what is happening in someone's life that would make them consider suicide but I do hope that by this extreme action she will get the help that she needs!

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Dec 15, 2008

    I understand WRAL, and media in general, try not to publicize suicides so they don't encourage people looking for attention, but why open the story up to comment. If the media doesn't provide info, the void will be filled with gossip.

    I heard there is a real hero cop to thank today.

  • FoxtrotUniformCharlieKiloakaCALM Dec 15, 2008

    wheres interstate 400>

  • .Milky Dec 15, 2008

    Thank you for sheltering us from any details of this situation which could have led to our walking around in some dangerously informed state of being.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Dec 15, 2008

    She needs help and put in a mental ward until she is OK. Where is her family members?