I-980 reopens after crisis negotiators respond to downtown Oakland over-crossing

Lanes in both directions of I-980 in downtown Oakland have reopened after being blocked for about two hours Thursday evening, California Highway Patrol said.

At around 4:55 p.m. CHP responded to where a person was seen partly hanging over the freeway's 12th St. over-crossing. Oakland police and the fire department assisted in the response. Crisis negotiators were also brought in. 

A severe traffic alert was issued at 7:11 p.m. Westbound traffic was diverted off at 18th Street. Eastbound traffic had to be diverted off at 11th Street. By around 9 p.m. all lanes had reopened. 

The person was eventually taken into custody safely.

If you are in crisis help is available, here are some resources: 



Alameda Social Services: Mental Health

Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services - ACCESS Program: 1-800-491-9099