11:00 p.m.: The Detroit News reports a woman who jumped onto the Woodward Avenue underpass was a 40-year-old Oakland County resident. She was taken to in critical condition and later died.
About 1:30 p.m.: A woman jumped from a bridge onto the southbound underpass lane of Woodward Avenue just south of the Interstate 696 service drive early Saturday afternoon, police confirmed.
Michael Flener of Pleasant Ridge was driving by near the Detroit Zoo when he saw a woman stop her vehicle on the turnaround bridge.
“She was out of her car and up on the rail,” Flener said. “My first thought when I was driving by was ‘uh-oh’.” Flener said he didn’t see much after that.
Sgt. Michael Bunting of the Pleasant Ridge Police confirmed a person jumped off the turnaround bridge in Pleasant Ridge before 1:30 p.m. and was transported to a hospital in critical condition.
"She parked her car on the turnaround bridge, put her hazards on, climbed the wall and jumped," Bunting said. There was no evidence of foul play, he said.
Royal Oak, Ferndale and Berkley police worked together to close the Woodward Avenue underpass to traffic while officials retrieved the woman and Pleasant Ridge police investigated.
“Everyone in the tunnel had to turn around and get out,” said Karly Bolton of Clawson.
Bolton was driving southbound on Woodward at 1:35 p.m. and noticed the underpass was closed. She proceeded south on the surface level of Woodward over I-696 and saw a Jeep in the turnaround.
“The engine was still running,” Bolten said. “All the doors were open and the police were searching through it. They were even looking in the trunk. Other police were looking over the rail. It didn’t look good.”
Bolten said people in another vehicle parked behind the Jeep looked like witnesses. Police officers were interviewing them and an ambulance arrived at approximately 1:40 p.m., Bolten said.
The woman's identity was not released.