A police cruiser. Photo by John Schreiber.
A police cruiser. Photo by John Schreiber.

If you’re headed to the desert Thursday from Los Angeles, you’ll face some rainy roads but you won’t have to deal with a portion of the eastbound Interstate 10 in Indio that was shut down for a time because of a suicide jumper.

A person was fatally struck by multiple vehicles, possibly after jumping from an overpass, and leading to a full closure of the freeway’s eastbound lanes.

The fatality was reported just after 5:30 p.m. Wednesday on eastbound Interstate 10 near Jackson Street.

The unidentified victim was struck by multiple vehicles on the freeway and pronounced dead at the scene, according to a California Highway Patrol dispatcher.

A CHP incident log indicated that Indio police received a call regarding a woman on the Jackson Street bridge overlooking the freeway just before the fatality.

However, CHP and Indio police could not confirm whether the two incidents were related.

CHP officers shut down the freeway’s eastbound lanes near the Jackson Street off-ramp. It was unclear how long the freeway would remain blocked.

Eastbound freeway traffic, which was backed up for several miles, was being forced off the interstate at Jackson Street and then diverted back onto the freeway at the Jackson Street on-ramp.

–City News Service

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