Oak Park, MI – The Michigan State Police used an innovative method to thwart a man’s suicide attempt on Tuesday morning, when they organized a group of semi-truck drivers to shorten the distance the man would fall if he jumped from an interstate overpass.
Shortly thereafter, troopers closed the westbound lanes, and the big-rig drivers parked beneath the overpass there, as well.
A total of 13 semi-trucks ultimately joined the effort, and sat side-by-side across the interstate as officers negotiated with the suicidal man.
In addition to the state police, officers from the Huntington Woods Police Department and the Oak Park Police Department aided in the effort, WJBK reported.
At approximately 4 a.m., the man walked off of the bridge, and was taken to a local hospital by Huntington Woods police officers, The Detroit News reported.
Hours later, the MSP Metro Detroit issued a statement, which included a photo of the trucks lined up across the roadway.
“This photo does show the work troopers and local officers do to serve the public,” the agency’s Twitter post read. “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,” the agency urged.