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After 7 hours, woman threatening suicide agrees to come down from St. Johns Bridge

After 7 hours, woman threatening suicide agrees to come down from St. Johns Bridge
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- After more than seven hours, police were able to talk a woman threatening to jump off the St. Johns Bridge into coming down Thursday evening.

Police responded to the bridge just after 2:30 p.m. after receiving a report of a woman climbing the railing. Officers from the mobile crisis unit arrived and tried to convince the woman to come down.

All lanes of the bridge were closed until about 9 p.m., when the woman agreed to come down and go to the hospital, according to a news release from the Portland Police Bureau.

All the police activity at the bridge proved to be too much of a distraction for one driver.

A 36-year-old man driving on Highway 30 below the bridge pulled his car to the right of the lanes to watch the action just before 4 p.m.

Then, he pulled back out into traffic to do a U-turn when he was hit by a southbound vehicle driven by a 41-year-old man, Portland police said.

The car T-boned the 36-year-old man's car and the 36-year-old suffered serious injuries. He was taken to a Portland hospital where he was in serious condition late Thursday evening, police said. His name has not been released.

Neither driver in that crash is believed to have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol, police said. The investigation is continuing.

Although Highway 30 was reopened just before 6 p.m., both incidents snarled the evening commute for hours.