Chippenham Parkway reopens after woman who threatened to jump off overpass helped to safety


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Police say Chippenham Parkway has reopened after a woman who threatened to jump off an overpass was helped to safety.

In a tweet, Richmond Police said negotiators successfully rescued the woman who was threatening to jump from the Forest Hill Avenue overpass above Chippenham Parkway.

Just before 10:30 a.m., police said traffic “will take some time” to return to its normal flow.

At one point, all northbound lanes of Chippenham Parkway near Forest Hill Avenue were blocked off by police. The incident created major backups on both Chippenham and Powhite parkways, as well as Midlothian Turnpike and Forest Hill. The backup on Chippenham, at one point, was at seven miles.

No other information about the incident was released.

Backup on Forest Hill Avenue

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