Police attempted to talk him out of suicide, and the highway was closed in both directions causing a backup.
3.22.22: At about 2 pm PST, the main road leading down from downtown Santa Monica onto Pacific Coast Highway was closed due to a potential "jumper," a person who threatens to kill himself. Police were attempting to talk him out of suicide, and the road was closed in both directions causing a backup.
"Update: The Crisis Negotiations Team is on scene and attempting contact with a distraught individual resulting in the closure of the California Incline. We thank you for your patience and compassion" tweeted the SMPD at 2:38 pm PST.
"The California Incline is closed in both directions (from PCH and Ocean Ace. ) Traffic impact due to police activity. Please avoid the area." tweeted the SMPD at 1:56 pm PST.
The activity was clear by 5 PM PST, and the Pacific Coast Highway reopened.
Currently, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline uses a 10-digit number, 800-273-TALK (8255). Callers are routed to one of 163 crisis centers where counselors answered 2.2 million calls last year.