Fruitvale Bridge Site of Alamedan’s Suicide

An Alameda man decided to end his life on the Miller-Sweeney Bridge early Thursday morning by hanging himself from a section of the span railing, according to country transit courses.

A bridge tender (or mechanic) found the 50-year-old man’s body right before 7 a.m. on April 7.

Authorities say the individual had tied a rope to the railing in the middle of the bridge and then placed the other end of rope, tied in a noose, around his neck before jumping off the structure.

Traffic was backed up yesterday from about 7 a.m. to 8:15 a.m., peak commuting time.

On Tuesday, traffic on Alameda’s three bridges was delayed due to a brief power outage between 7:30 and 7:45 a.m.

In other estuary news, there is talk — but no official word yet — on the houseboat fire that took place in Fortman Marina on March 30. Some observers have speculated that it was caused by the spontaneous combustion of some paint, rags or other materials being used for an improvement project on the vessel.