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Man on light rail platform shuts down Central Avenue in downtown Phoenix

Posted at 6:07 AM, Apr 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-05 14:01:31-04

PHOENIX — Central Avenue was shut down in downtown Phoenix for six hours Friday morning due to a police situation on a light rail platform.

Phoenix police were called to the scene near Central Avenue and Roosevelt around 1 a.m. Friday after a man climbed on top of a light rail platform structure.

Officials say he was about 30 feet in the air and had broken some metal off of the structure during the incident. The man was barefoot and shirtless.

Crews negotiated with the man for several hours until he finally climbed down a ladder after 7 a.m.

Police believe he may have been intoxicated. Officials say the man also had misdemeanor warrants out for his arrest, which may have contributed to his hesitance to come down.

No injuries were reported, but crews faced some difficulties with suspended light rail lines while they used a fire truck ladder to reach the man's level.

The road was shut down during the incident and Valley Metro announced light rail service was halted in the area. A bus bridge was used to shuttle passengers around the closure.

Light rail service is also impacted.