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Rock-Thrower, Possible Jumper Causes PCH Shutdown At California Incline

Posted Jul. 6, 2014, 8:04 pm

Mirror Staff

Police closed both directions of Pacific Coast Highway north of the California Incline for three hours on July 6, as a man reportedly threw rocks at the busy road and possibly threatened to jump onto it.

A CHP spokesman said a person began threatening to jump from the bluffs at Palisades Park onto the highway at about 12:45 p.m. on July 6. He was arrested and the road reopened at about 3:40 p.m., according to the CHP.

Social media photos showed fire trucks and police under the Montana Avenue pedestrian overcrossing, just north of the incline's signal. One photo showed a man teetering on a retaining wall above the road, a rock reportedly in his hand.

The CHP closed the McClure Tunnel to westbound traffic at the end of the Santa Monica (10) Freeway. Traffic in downtown Santa Monica was jammed, and the freeway backed up well into Los Angeles.

Southbound PCH traffic was detoured onto single-lane Entrada Road, and there was heavy traffic on Sunset Boulevard in Pacific Palisades.

On an average day, 80,000 vehicles per day use that section of PCH, but Sunday’s traffic could be presumed to be much heavier as hundreds of thousands of people flocked to Malibu and Santa Monica to enjoy the 69-degree water.

In other news, a crash caused two northbound lanes of Pacific Coast Highway to be closed at El Matador State Beach, says Lt. Michael Williams of the Sheriff's Malibu-Lost Hills Station. One person was taken to a hospital, according to Los Angeles County Fire Dept. dispatcher Cheryl Sims. All northbound lanes have since been reopened, authorities said.

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Jul. 6, 2014, 10:27:49 pm

Jonathan smith said...

When will the voices of the working people of Santa Monica be heard and our quality of life be protected from the homeless marauders that plague our city. O I have been assaulted, my house robbed, and my children accosted by these people. Please don't let this continue at our expense!

Jul. 7, 2014, 5:25:19 am

Quiddity said...

Thanks for that info. I was on I-10 westbound and forced off on 5th and it took one hour to get to PCH. Initially went to California only to discover the incline was unavailable, requiring taking 7th to Entrada/W.Channel to PCH. I think SMPD should have provided some people to guide vehicles through an approved detour that connects PCH to I-10. As it turned out, cars from I-10 were simply pouring into the heart of the business/tourist section with no clue what to do next. Smartphone GoogleMaps+trafficLayer did NOT help at the time (just showed "slow" traffic in tunnel and on Cal Incline - even though they were closed at the time). Also, no notification on those overhead announcement boards on I-10 @ 3PM stating that the freeway was closed, which meant drivers were surprised when finally faced w/ McClure tunnel closure. And yes, there were lots of people on the road on the Sunday afternoon of a 3-day holiday weekend. That rock-throwing dude messed up a lot of people's day. I'm sure somebody who left Malibu and reserved 2 hours to get to LAX missed the flight.

Jul. 7, 2014, 2:54:27 pm

That one said...

Jonathan Smith, we have no homeless in Camp Santa Monica. The city doesn't acknowledge it so you shouldn't either. Santa Monica is now an urban center like downtown LA, Chicago or Dubai. It's only going to get bigger, dirtier and less safe. The developer's money always wins.

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