The Michigan State Police organized a unique way to help a man who was threatening suicide on a highway overpass: they pulled together multiple semi truck drivers to help shorten the fall," reported Fox 2 News.
All lanes of 696 were closed at Coolidge in both directions as a man threatened suicide on Tuesday morning around 1a.
The eastbound lanes were closed as MSP started organizing semi-truck passing through. Then it only took a few more minutes, then the westbound lanes were also closed as more semis showed up to cross the highway. The reasoning behind the 13 semi trucks were to shorten the distance the man would fall if he chose to jump.
GOOD NEWS: the man did not jump and the situation ended as the man walked off the bridge. He was taken by Huntington Woods Police to Beaumont hospital.
We can all help prevent suicide by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.