Emergency responders climbing crane in Portland to help man in crisis

Traffic is affected in the area for at least four blocks in all directions.

Posted: May 22, 2019 3:49 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (KGW) — A man in an apparent mental health crisis climbed to the top of a crane in Southeast Portland, according to police.

The 290-foot crane is at the intersection of Southeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and East Burnside, according to Portland Fire & Rescue.

Traffic is affected in the area for at least four blocks in all directions.

Crisis negotiators with Portland police are talking with the man, who has climbed back to the tower part of the crane and appears as if he wants to come down. Police have identified the man and are working to gather more information about him.

The crane has been demobilized and the power has been turned off.

Emergency responders are climbing the crane to get to the man.

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