At approximately 6:20 a.m., Seattle Police received a report of a woman sitting on the railing of the Lake Washington Ship Canal bridge south-bound side. A car was parked in the emergency lane of the freeway. Police officers blocked traffic during the morning commute causing an immense traffic snarl. Frustrated motorists and bus passengers shouted, "Jump bitch, jump." A Seattle radio station broadcast splashing sounds as part of its coverage of the event. Officers brought a friend of the woman to the scene to assist in talking her to safety.
At approximately 10:00 a.m., the woman stood and stepped off. She hit the water below and was rescued by divers of the Seattle Harbor Patrol. She was listed in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center.
Seattle's daily newspapers departed from their policies of not usually covering suicides because of the behavior of the commuters.