Deputy stops man from jumping off West Gate bridge

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- What authorities thought was a stranded motorist turned out to be a potential suicide situation.

A Shawnee County Sheriff's Deputy tells 13 News that he approached what he thought was a stranded motorist parked on the median of the West Gate Bridge.

He said when he approached the vehicle the driver, a 21 year-old male got out of the car and sat on the railing of the bridge, motioning as if he was going to jump into the Kansas River.

After about five minutes the deputy was able to talk the man off the railing.

He was taken to Valeo Behavioral Health for counseling.

The northbound lane of the bridge was shutdown for ten minutes while authorities cleared the scene.