Tenn. man climbs highway sign, Nashville traffic screeches to halt

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Interstate 65 in Nashville was shut down in both directions after a man climbed a sign above the roadway.

After Metro police wre able to persuade William Walters, 46, to climb down from the sign Tuesday afternoon, he was taken to a hospital for observation. Walters faces charges for obstructing a roadway and disorderly conduct.

Police said it is not clear why Walters climbed the sign at the Rosa Parks Boulevard exit near downtown Nashville. Interstate 65 was at a standstill for over two hours. At one point drivers got out of their cars and yelled at Walters to come down, because they wanted to go home.

Negotiators were able to get Walters to climb down from the sign just before 6:00 p.m. Police said he had an identification card from Seatlle’s Union Gospel Mission, a men’s shelter in Seattle, Washington that was issued in March 2014.

It happened around 3:30 p.m. at the Rosa Parks Boulevard exit near downtown Nashville.

The incident could be seen from TDOT’s interstate cameras.

This report was originally published by WKRN.

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