GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, NJ (August 3, 2022)(CNBNewsnet)--On July 26th, 2022, at approximately 12:30 pm, the Gloucester Township Police Emergency Communications Center received several 9-1-1 calls reporting a female who appeared to be preparing to jump off the Route 42 south overpass at exit 10A.
Gloucester Township Police Officers and New Jersey State Police Troopers arrived and observed a female sitting on the bridge abutment, approximately 30 feet above the Black Horse Pike. The female was in obvious distress and threatened to jump if anyone approached her. Route 42 south and the Black Horse Pike were temporarily closed while officers attempted to negotiate with the female. She continued to threaten to jump from the overpass and stood up several times as if she was preparing to do so.
After several minutes, Officers and Troopers were able to grab her when she became distracted and pulled her back onto the shoulder of the roadway. The female was treated at the scene by medical personnel and then transported to a local hospital for crisis evaluation.
If you are or know someone who may be in crisis or contemplating suicide, the new 988 number is available. On July 16th, 2022, 988 became the nationwide 3-digit dialing code for Mental Health Crisis and Suicide Prevention. 988 connects people to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. There, compassionate, accessible care and support will be available for anyone experiencing mental health-related distress, thoughts of suicide, mental health or substance use crisis. People can also dial 988 if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.
For additional information on the new 988 suicide and crisis lifeline, visit https://www.nj.gov/humanservices/dmhas/initiatives/988/?utm_campaign=20220708_nwsltr_a&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery.
Gloucester Township Police Department
1261 Chews Landing Rd
Gloucester Township, NJ 08021