LA motorists take selfie in front of man threatening to jump off a bridge on 105 freeway

Stranded drivers took group selfie when traffic was brought to a standstill

A group of motorists have been heavily criticised for taking a group selfie while stranded on a freeway that had been shut because a man was threatening to jump off an overpass.

The 14 drivers posed for the picture in front of the bridge where the man was sat while threatening to jump, after police shut the freeway in both directions.

The unidentified man can be seen in the background of the image, which was posted on Instagram and quickly circulated around Twitter, sitting on the edge of the bridge.

The 105 freeway in Los Angeles was shut at 6.30pm on Thursday after a motorist rang California Highway Patrol to report a man threatening to jump from the bridge in Paramount, according to KTLA.

Authorities were forced to shut the highway in both directions while they attempted to convince the man to come down, causing a huge traffic buildup.

 

Some of the driver stepped out of their car and posed for the picture while negotiations were underway.

The man was eventually talked down by police, who spent three hours convincing him not to jump and the road was reopened at 9.30pm. He did not sustain any injuries and was taken into custody after coming down, CBS Los Angeles reported.

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