Thankfully, this story has a happy ending because of some quick thinking on the part of the Michigan State Police. When a call came in saying a man was on the bridge over the 696 highway in Detroit, law enforcement rallied numerous drivers to park their trucks under the bridge. The idea being that should the man jump, the height of the trucks would shorten the fall.
After negotiators spoke with the suicidal man for several hours, he eventually agreed to leave and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and an evaluation.
The video below shows the last truck being parked under the bridge.
There was plenty of praise for the truck drivers willing to help.
As someone once said to me, paraphrasing..."you never know what or why someone commits suicide, you can't live in their life or mind...". Thanks to the trucking industry, always respect them, great job trying to help someone probably just having a real bad day!!!— Ben Teeter (@bteeter82) April 24, 2018
There was appreciation for the quick thinking officers.
If you or anyone you know is considering suicide call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Or text to 741-741
H/T: FOX 2