At first glance, it was thought the trucks are causing traffic on the road. However, they served a noble purpose.
Michigan police saved a precious life by lining up 13 semi-trucks under the overpass. The startling photo of more than a dozen trucks parked side-by-side below the overpass on Interstate 696 went viral this week.
The incident was caused by a troubled man standing on the ledge and everyone knew what his intention was. However, the Michigan State Police acted swiftly and closed the highway at Coolidge in both directions.
Authorities came up with an unusual plan to stop the accident from happening and they closed both lanes but allowed semi-trucks to pass by and to stop right below the bridge. Police instructed the truck drivers to line up underneath the overpass to somehow cushion the fall of the man.
The Michigan State Police, Huntington Woods, and Oak Park Police all worked together and talked to the unnamed man to keep him from jumping. The police sent out negotiators and talked to the man for several hours before he walked off the bridge.
It took three hours for the man to calm down the man and the roads opened at 4 am. He was then taken by Huntington Woods police to Beaumont hospital for treatment and evaluation.
Fortunately, no one was harmed in the incident. In an interview, Michigan State Police Lt. Michael Shaw said troopers typically work with truckers during such incidents.
The Michigan State Police Department tweeted a photo of the semi-trucks all lined up saving a man’s life.
The caption reads, “This photo does show the work troopers and local officers do to save 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.”
Police reminded people considering suicide to call the emergency hotline or a loved one. They added that there are many ways to resolve problems other than taking your own life.
“There are so many people that can help you make the choice to get help and live! It is our hope to never see another photo like this again.”
Watch the amazing event in saving a man’s life below.
[If you are having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or go to SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for a list of additional resources. Here’s what you can do when a loved one is severely depressed.]