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Special Emergency Reaction Team responds to incident near Martin Luther King Boulevard and Ankeny Street building site.

COURTESY PHOTO: OLIVIA SINGER - A man having a mental crisis climbed onto a construction crane in Southeast Portland Wednesday afternoon, May 22.Portland police are on the scene after a man climbed on the arm of a large construction crane in Southeast Portland at about 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 22.

Portland Fire & Rescue reports the man climbed about 290 feet up the crane and was hanging on the crane's arm. The man's identity has not been released.

The construction crane is near Southeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Ankeny Street. The incident is near the site of the new 17-story 5 MLK building under construction. The Burnside Bridgehead tower will include 220 apartments, retail space and a parking garage.

Portland's Special Emergency Reaction Team and Crisis Negotiation Team are trying to talk down the man. Central Precinct officers say the man is "in crisis" and is in an "elevated position" atop the crane's arm.

Traffic in a four-block area around the crane is blocked.

This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates.

Help is available:

If you or someone you know is experiencing thoughts of self-harm, please call the Lines for Life 24-hour hotline at 800-273-8255?.


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