A person threatening to jump onto the Santa Ana (5) Freeway in the Anaheim area Wednesday caused major backups as much of the thoroughfare was shut down for hours.

Officers went to the area south of Lincoln Avenue about 3 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. The northbound freeway was closed as a precaution at Euclid Street, and authorities later closed the southbound side, as well.

About 6:30 a.m., the northbound lanes were reopened, but the southbound lanes near Euclid Avenue remained blocked except for the HOV lane, which was reopened about 11 a.m., CHP Officer Monica Posada said.

As the noon hour approached, efforts were continuing to get the person to safety.

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