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California Highway Patrol officer Cliff Inman directs traffic on Spreckles Drive at Seacliff Drive at 2pm Friday. Photo: Tarmo Hannula/The Pajaronian

Multiple law agencies responded to a report of a man with a knife standing on a railroad crossing over Soquel Drive near Spreckels Drive in Aptos.

The incident started at about 11:45am Friday. The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office sent multiple deputies to the scene and they were assisted with several units from the California Highway Patrol in closing down roads in the area.

According to police radio traffic, deputies tried to establish contact with the man who reportedly ignored verbal exchanges.

Two teams of law enforcement officials including mental health staff continued on and off dialogue with the man in hopes of bringing him to safety.

CHP officer Israel Murillo said the situation diffused peacefully at about 2:45pm when team members with the Sheriff’s Office were able to talk with the man and bring him to safety. All roads were reopened immediately thereafter.

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