A patient of Kindred Hospital broke out of the hospital this afternoon, proceeded to the Montrose Bridge over the Chicago River and threatened to jump, closing Montrose to traffic for about two hours.
Chicago Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Czerwionka said the patient pulled a box alarm at Kindred, causing the first response. Police News Affairs said they responded to the call at 1.20P.
Breaking a window on the Maplewood
Campbell side of the building, the patient left the hospital and ran to the bridge where he held the guard rail, threatening a jump into the water. He returned to the pavement at about 3.20P.
Fire spokesmen said he was being transported to Swedish Covenant Hospital.
Police and Fire sent at least twenty units to the incident, including scuba and SWAT teams.
While Police negotiators talked to the male patient, a Fire Department diver got ready and other units of the scuba team stood by with personal flotation devices, attached to harnesses.
Traffic in both directions of Montrose was closed to all traffic for the two hour incident.
Czerwionka said the patient was distraught and was reluctant to recross the guard rail.
Kindred Hospital personnel did not respond to questions and have not yet returned calls about the incident.