Police watchdog investigating man's fall off Highway 417 overpass

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Ontario's Special Investigations Unit is looking into how Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to an incident that ended with a man falling from an overpass onto Highway 417. (Yvon Theriault/CBC - image credit)
Ontario's Special Investigations Unit is looking into how Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to an incident that ended with a man falling from an overpass onto Highway 417. (Yvon Theriault/CBC - image credit)

Ontario's police watchdog is investigating after a man fell from an overpass onto Highway 417 early Thursday morning.

Ottawa paramedics said the man suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the fall just after midnight and was taken to hospital in stable condition.

Ontario Provincial Police were involved but said they won't comment, citing the ongoing Special Investigations Unit (SIU) investigation.

The SIU, which examines incidents where police are involved in a death, serious injury, firearm being discharged by an official at someone or allegation of sexual assault, said in a news release later Thursday that OPP received a call about a man near the edge of the Woodroffe Avenue overpass.

The 61-year-old man got up onto a barrier and held onto a sign after the first officer arrived at the scene, then fell after the officer "engaged briefly" with him, the SIU said.

Anyone with information or evidence is asked to contact the SIU's lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529.

Westbound lanes of Highway 417 and part of Woodroffe were closed earlier this morning and have since reopened.

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