The man, who had on jeans but no shirt, was spotted climbing the New Jersey Tower of the GW during the busy morning rush, around 8:30 a.m. He reportedly reached the top of the tower as emergency crews flooded the bridge. Traffic came to a standstill.
The man was pulled down and arrested about a half-hour later, around 9 a.m. He’s now in custody, reports NBC 4. His motive hasn’t been named, but it appears he may have been suicidal. The upper level of the GW has been reopened, but drivers are dealing with at least hour-long delays.
On Wednesday, ten protesters were arrested after chaining themselves to the upper level of the GW Bridge, also causing a massive traffic backlog. And as closing arguments are set to begin Friday on that politically motivated jam on the GW, it’s been quite a long week for America’s busiest bridge.