Semis line up on interstate to help save suicidal man

13 truckers line freeway to save man who wanted to jump off overpass

Police coordinated 13 semi-trucks on I-696 to brace fall of suicidal man

Truckers lined a Detroit freeway early Tuesday morning with help from Michigan State Police to prevent a man from jumping off the overpass.

Mike Shaw, a Michigan State Police spokesman, said that the department asked 13 truckers who had been stopped with the highway shut down to head to the overpass.

Luckily, the man climbed back to safety and authorities were able to take him to an area hospital where he will be evaluated.

A photograph of the trucks in action shows 13 semis lined up along the westbound and eastbound lanes of Interstate 696.

"We want that to be the story - not what Michigan State Police did or what the truckers did, but that the person changed their own mind".

It took negotiators several hours to talk the man out of jumping.

Once the man was safe, highway patrol officers shook the hands of each truck driver, according to Harrison's post.

"You can also call a loved one, member of the clergy or 911".

If you are having suicidal thoughts, we urge you to get help immediately. "Please remember help is available through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255", MSP tweeted. "It is our hope to never see another photo like this again".

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