13 semis join forces to help man considering suicide on Detroit freeway

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OAK PARK, Mich. – A line of truckers along with the Michigan State Police helped a man who was considering suicide on a highway overpass.

According to WJBK, dispatch received a call about a man on a bridge over I-696 early Tuesday morning around 1 a.m.

Michigan State Police troopers blocked all lanes of traffic. Then they waved through several semi truck drivers and asked them to park under the overpass on both the westbound and eastbound sides of the interstate.

In total, 13 semi trucks parked under the overpass to shorten the distance the man would fall if he jumped, WJBK reports.

Negotiators spoke with the man for several hours, and thankfully he did not jump off the bridge. He walked off the overpass, and Huntington Woods officers took him to Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.