Authorities Rescue Teen Girl Hanging from Long Beach Freeway Bridge

 605 at wardlow

A Google Maps screenshot of the 605 Freeway at Wardlow Road.

A teen girl was rescued by authorities from a Long Beach Freeway overpass Thursday morning after witnesses saw her hanging, according to the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD).

Officers were dispatched based off of an “unknown trouble” call near East Willow Street and the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway at 10:37AM on Thursday, February 11, LBPD spokesman Brad Johnson said.

“The caller indicated a female appeared to be hanging off the fence of the overpass and was concerned for her safety,” Johnson stated.

The location of the incident turned out to be the Wardlow Road overpass, and officials with the California Highway Patrol (CHP), Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD), and Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) responded to assist.

The teenage girl was safely removed from the overpass without incident, Johnson said.

LBPD Mental Evaluation Team officers also responded to provide further assistance.

The investigation remains ongoing.

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Stephanie Rivera is the immigration and diversity reporter for the Long Beach Post. Growing up as one of six kids in the working-class immigrant suburb of South Gate, she was taught the importance of civic engagement and to show compassion for others. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015. An avid Harry Potter fan, Stephanie now lives in Bixby Knolls with her boyfriend and their bearded dragon, Austin.
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