Hero truckies save suicidal man from death-plunge off bridge

The line of 13 trucks created a wall to prevent him from jumping off.
The line of 13 trucks created a wall to prevent him from jumping off. Photo credit: Michigan State Police / Twitter

Over a dozen truckies are being hailed as heroes after helping save a suicidal man from jumping off a US bridge.

The incident occurred in Michigan early on Tuesday (local time). Michigan state police say they received a call about a man standing on an overpass and threatening to jump.

Negotiators arrived on the scene to talk the man down from his attempt. But while they spoke, a big truck slowly crept down the road and stopped directly beneath the man. Then another big rig joined it. And then another.

Soon, every lane was filled with trucks - a metal wall to break the man's fall. When the last truck had pulled into place, there were 13 of them.

Police managed to talk the man down after four hours, and he was taken to hospital.

Michigan state police lieutenant Michael Shaw says truckers often help during such incidents.

He adds that there are "many other options out there aside from taking your own life".

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