Transient tries to commit suicide by standing in front of speeding cars 1/2 mile east of Newport on Hwy 20. May have caused traffic accident.
A transient that was described as suicidal was reported Saturday afternoon as trying to get traffic to hit him on Highway 20, a half-mile east of Newport.
Reports from the scene indicate that the transient was standing in the eastbound lane of 20 very close to a well known transient camp south of the highway.
A deputy sheriff managed to get to him in time and subdued him. However, there was another report that because traffic was backed up, somebody rear ended the car that was, at the moment, the last in line waiting to be flagged through.