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Man dies after jumping from the Hwy 99 overpass

Posted at 2:45 PM, Feb 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-20 12:03:59-05

For a short time on Friday, California Highway Patrol officials closed off Northbound 99 and California Ave. near the Palm St. overpass due to police activity in the area.

CHP officials reported a jumper was in the area and was hit by a car.

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It's been confirmed that the jumper died.

A witness told 23ABC that she saw the man sitting on top of a rail and told her to have a nice day. 

The witness added that she heard a screech and ran back. But didn't see the man jump. 

 

#UPDATE: 23ABC Viewer Faby Garcia submitted this video of the area of NB 99 from the Palm St. Overpass. Its confirmed that the man was killed. 3 lanes are reopen at this time.STORY: http://bit.ly/1oQsgWw

Posted by 23ABC Bakersfield on Friday, February 19, 2016

All lanes were reopened later in the afternoon.

This was the second time this month someone has jumped off a highway 99 overpass, creating hours worth of traffic and headaches for commuters.

Drivers told 23ABC that they don't think more protection on overpasses will deter people from jumping off.

The man who jumped off this overpass has not been identified.