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13 Semi Trucks Line Up Under Overpass To Keep Man from Jumping to His Death

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While most people in Detroit, Michigan, were sleeping on April 24, 13 heroic truck drivers came together to save a life.

Between 1 and 3 a.m., all lanes of the I-696 were shut down as police became aware of a man preparing to jump off of the overpass above the road.

As the lanes closed, Michigan State Police came up with a plan. They quickly began approaching waiting semi trucks to help them carry it out.

On both eastbound and westbound sides of the highway, police funneled semi trucks through to line up underneath the bridge.



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In total, 13 truckers came together underneath the bridge in order to shorten the distance the man would fall if he decided to jump.

Thankfully, the heroic actions of the police and the truck drivers allowed authorities time to talk to the man.

After several hours, negotiators were able to convince him to step away from the edge back to safety.

The man was later taken to Beaumont hospital by police for evaluation.

After the incredible rescue, police approached each of the semi-truck drivers and shook their hands, thanking them for their assistance.



The rescue was soon posted to social media, and driver Chris Harrison, who explained he was one of the 13 drivers that night, gave readers more information.

“I was in that…..” he wrote. “I’m the truck near the wall in the left side…”

Harrison explained that authorities first waved one truck through to line up on the eastbound side of the road, followed by six or seven more. They then did the same on the opposite side.

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“We happend [sic] to be the first trucks in line when they shut down the highway,” he said.

Thankfully, the quick thinking of local police and the willingness of local citizens to lend a hand ultimately saved a life. They are all true heroes!

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Liz was a senior story editor for The Western Journal.
Liz was a senior story editor for The Western Journal.
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