JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Sheriff's Office hostage negotiators were able to coax a man down from the top of the Mathews Bridge Sunday afternoon.
According to JSO, the man drove past barricades and a police officer at the base of the temporarily-closed bridge and got out of his car at the apex just before 11 a.m.
The man then climbed to the top of the steel trestles of the bridge.
Using a bullhorn, hostage negotiators were able to talk the man down around 1 p.m., according to JSO.
Authorites evoked the Baker Act and will submit the man for a mental health evaluation.
Construction resumed shortly after the incident and the bridge will resume normal operations at 6 a.m. on Monday.
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