Published Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 | 9:10 a.m.
Updated Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 | 9:35 a.m.
Area of accident
Police have reopened the westbound lanes on the Las Vegas Beltway near Decatur Boulevard in the south valley after a man jumped to his death from the freeway overpass early this morning. The aftermath caused road closures and serious traffic delays.
The Nevada Highway Patrol received a call around 4:30 a.m. of a pedestrian walking in a travel lane on the beltway, Trooper Loy Hixson said. A responding officer tried to make contact with the man, who was described as a Hispanic in his 20s, but the man fled and then jumped from the overpass, landing on Decatur Boulevard, Hixson said.
The man was pronounced dead as he was being transported to University Medical Center, Hixson said.
Traffic was shut down on the westbound beltway and in both directions on Decatur near the intersection for several hours while officials investigated. All roads were reopened shortly after 9 a.m., Hixson said.