Published: Fri, April 27, 2018
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Multiple semi-trucks line the freeway to help a suicidal man

Multiple semi-trucks line the freeway to help a suicidal man

Police blocked off the lanes beneath the bridge, and negotiators started to talk to the man.

According to Fox News 2, on Tuesday morning, police closed all lanes of Interstate 696 at Coolidge when a man threatened to commit suicide by jumping off the overpass.

Michigan State Police did something clever, and it worked.

In an incredible act of solidarity, more than a dozen trucks parked side-by-side underneath a freeway overpass in the United States to help stop a man from falling to his death.

The idea was to try to shorten and lighten the man's fall if he chose to jump, making it less of a chance that his possible fall would be fatal. A subsequent tweet said people also could call someone they care about, a clergy member, or 911.

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Around 4 a.m. 696 was reopened to travelers.

The Michigan State Police Department tweeted out a photo of the semi-superheros, writing: 'This photo does show the work troopers and local officers do to save the public.

"That's real big because sometimes if you don't make your dock time you have to wait to get loaded or unloaded again".

If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, help is always available by calling the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

Shortly after 1am, the eastbound lanes of the busy road were shot down as seven truckers used their vehicles in an attempt to minimize the man's injuries if he made a decision to jump.

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