Arrigoni Bridge in Middletown closed for police activity

Courtesy: Connecticut DOT

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — The Arrigoni Bridge in Middletown has been shut down on Wednesday night.

According to Connecticut Department of Transportation, both the westbound side and eastbound side of Route 66 on the Arrigoni Bridge are closed for police activity.

Lieutenant Heather Desmond of the Middletown Police said the police were investigating a jumper on the bridge. Police believe the person may be suicidal.

The investigation is ongoing. There are people in boats looking for the person as well as on land.

“We have dive teams out there now, actively searching. So far, nothing has been found, yet. The conditions out there right now are pretty terrible. The waters are kind of high, really running quick down the river and we have a storm about an hour away,” said Middletown Fire Marshal Albert Santostefano.

The search will likely end soon and will begin again after the storm. Police say it is unsafe for divers to be in the water and searchers to be in boats with the approaching storm.

Officials say unless the person made it to the shore, they believe this will be a recovery mission. Police have not released any details about the person who jumped.

News 8 will update this story as details become available. 

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