Westbound lanes of I-24 in La Vergne were shut down Monday morning (2/27/2017) as the Tennessee Highway Patrol and La Vergne Police investigated a suicide. La Vergne spokesperson Rachel Heggen told NewsRadio WGNS that the call came in at 9:50AM.
An official told us the woman jumped from the Murfreesboro side of the Waldron Road bridge, so motorists could see what was about to happen, but did not have enough time to stop.
That person indicated that it appears the unidentified female was hit by several vehicles, and that no one in them were injured.
Traffic westbound (toward Nashville) was diverted onto the Waldron Road exit and around the scene. Eastbound lanes were only impacted by slow traffic attempting to see what happened.
It's the second suicide on I-24 in Rutherford County in the past four months. You may recall in November, a 34-year old man was found hanging from the overpass on South Church Street.
Officers noted that some motorists saw the woman jump to her death, and they may need psychological evaluations. For help, contact the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 800-273-TALK (8255).