Quick thinking Police in Detroit enlisted the help of several semi-truck drivers to assist them in their efforts to prevent a suicidal man from jumping onto the highway below.
The incident occurred Tuesday morning around 1:00 a.m. on highway 696 in the Detroit suburb of Oak Park.
Authorities shut down the highway and only allowed semi- trucks to pass through the barricade. Police then had the the semi-trucks park under the bridge to shorten the distance the man would fall if he decided to jump.
A photo posted to the police department’s Twitter feed shows 13 trucks lined up side by side.
This photo does show the work troopers and local officers do to serve the public. But also in that photo is a man struggling with the decision to take his own life. Please remember help is available through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. pic.twitter.com/RBAlCIXT1o
— MSP Metro Detroit (@mspmetrodet) April 24, 2018
After hours of negotiations, the man decided to peacefully walk off of the bridge. He was then taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation.
If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, anxiety, or having suicidal thoughts, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. They are there for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and every call is confidential. You can also contact them by texting 741-741.
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