Over a dozen tractor-trailers lined up under an overpass on Interstate 696 in Detroit to help prevent a man from jumping off the overpass. Authorities were called to the spot and negotiators worked for several hours to convince him not to jump as officials directed the semis to park down below. Police asked 13 semitrailer drivers, who had been detoured after the interstate closed Tuesday morning after the man was spotted on the overpass, to park beneath it on the eastbound and westbound sides of the freeway.
Michigan State Police shared an image on Twitter of the 13 side-by-side trucks waiting on the interstate, there in case the man jumped. The police tweet reads “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. Please remember help is available through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255".
Eventually, the unidentified man came down from the edge of the overpass, thanks to the efforts of the police and the truckers. He was taken to the hospital and the interstate was reopened before morning rush hour traffic.