September 9, 2011

Man frolics for hours above Seattle rail tracks


SEATTLE (AP) — A man Seattle police described as “like Spider Man” stood on his head, did handstands and ran back and forth for nearly six hours on a narrow ledge beneath an overpass near Safeco Field.

His antics took place Thursday above railroad tracks.

The Seattle Times reports that the unidentified man, reportedly in his 40s, was finally taken into custody, but not before he jumped from the overpass onto a slow-moving train. He was unhurt after the drop of 8-10 feet. Police spokeswoman Renee Witt says he was taken to Harborview Medical Center for what she called a “much-needed mental-health evaluation.”

At one point, Burlington Northern Santa Fe shut down the main rail line for freight and passenger trains for more than an hour and police rerouted vehicle traffic.

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