Michigan State Police lined up a row of 13 trucks under a Detroit overpass early Tuesday morning to shorten the potential fall of a man attempting to end his life by jumping onto the I-696 highway below.
According to the Detroit Free Press, police orchestrated a “trucker wall” between 1am and 3am Tuesday by corralling regular vehicular traffic elsewhere while directing 18-wheelers to the roadway in both directions beneath the overpass. Lt. Mike Shaw told Fox 2 Detroit that the department has been deploying the emergency strategy for years, and truckers are more than willing to join in the effort.
“They want to help out too,” the Lt. told cameras. “Nobody wants to see somebody take their own life and if it takes parking your truck underneath an overpass for a couple of hours to make sure somebody is safe, they’re more than willing to do something like that.”
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The Washington Post reports that negotiators convinced the man that his life was worth living and after several hours of conversation, he decided not to jump. He was then taken to the hospital for medical treatment.
“There are so many other options for help, be it the National Suicide Prevention hotline, clergy, family, call 911, call somebody,” Lt. Shaw reminded viewers. “There are so many other options than climbing up on that overpass.”
MSP Metro Detroit tweeted an image of the configuration with the caption, “This photo does show the work troopers and local officers do to serve the public. But also in that photo is a man struggling with the decision to take his own life.”
If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, help is always available by calling the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
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