13 truck drivers are being praised for their impressive coordination after they used their hulking vehicles together to help dissuade a suicidal man from jumping off of a bridge.
The Michigan State Police Department first got a call about the man around 1AM on Tuesday morning. He was observed threatening to jump from a bridge over Interstate 696 in Oak Park.
As police shut down all the highway lanes, law enforcement officials got the idea to coordinate with nearby truck drivers so they could steer their semis under the bridge and prevent a possibly fatal injury.
Chris Harrison, a man who says that he was the driver in the yellow truck located closest to the left of the line, recounted the story in a Facebook group for truckers.
“The cops came up and waved 6 or 7 of us through and then stopped us under the bridge,” wrote Harrison. “Same thing on the west bound side.”
After state police and negotiators spent several hours talk with the man, he eventually agreed to come down from the ledge so he could be escorted to Beaumont hospital for evaluation. Then, officials wanted to thank the truckers.
Harrison adds: “The highway patrolman came to each truck and shook our hands and said thanks for helping…”
The inspiring story has already been shared by thousands of social media users and news outlets for its incredible display of teamwork.
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