A man considered jumping off a Detroit-area freeway overpass early Tuesday morning, but little did he know thirteen truckers would park their tractor-trailers underneath to break his fall should he jump.
A video of the scene obtained by the Washington Post showed the rigs lined up in a row on both sides of the freeway to help police efforts if the man jumped off the Interstate 696 overpass.
Michigan State Police Lt. Michael Shaw told the Associated Press that state troopers received a call early Tuesday about the man, prompting the police to block off both lanes underneath the bridge.
It is not unusual for authorities to shut down affected highways in Michigan when someone threatens to commit suicide.
While officers on the bridge tried to talk the man down, a semi tractor-trailer rig pulled up past the barricade and parked directly beneath where the man was standing.
Soon, other rigs parked next to the truck, forming a metal “safety net” to break the man’s fall if he jumped:
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. pic.twitter.com/RBAlCIXT1o
— MSP Metro Detroit (@mspmetrodet) April 24, 2018
Shaw said the Michigan State Police organized the truckers, but the number of the truckers participating at one time was unusual.
Three to four hours later, the man walked off the overpass and agreed to go to the hospital for an evaluation, WJBK reported.
Authorities reopened the freeway to traffic at around 4:00 a.m.