This Is How 13 Amazing Truckers Saved a Man’s Life

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, according to the Center for Disease Control. But in Michigan, a group of truckers saved a man’s life on a Michigan freeway. Discover how they did it, ahead.

Suicide rates are climbing

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The suicide rate is alarmingly high in Michigan. | garyrennis/iStock/Getty Images

Suicide is the leading cause of death in Michigan, according to a 2011 document from the Michigan Department of Community Health. And the number of suicides in Michigan — and the nation — are on the rise.

Hint: A man threatened to take his life.  

A man threatened to jump off a bridge

A man threatened to jump onto the freeway. | Source: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

Between midnight and 1 a.m., 911 calls alerted police about a man standing on a bridge over the freeway in Metro Detroit, according to Fox 2 Detroit. The man threatened to jump off a bridge over a four-lane freeway.

Hint: Police closed the freeways.

Freeway closed

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Police quickly closed the freeway. | Chalabala/iStock/Getty Images

Minutes later, police closed eastbound lanes on the freeway. Shortly after, the westbound lanes were closed. “Once we figured out that this is a situation where someone might be contemplating taking their whole life…we shut traffic down (and) we diverted it off onto the side streets,” Shaw told CNN.

Hint: Truckers responded to a call from the police.

Police contact truckers

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Truckers came to the rescue. | vitpho/Getty Images

With traffic shut down on the freeway, police contacted truckers in the area for help. The semi trucks would be used to shorten the man’s fall, according to Fox 2 Detroit. They parked close together to eliminate any gaps and waited while police negotiated with the man.

Hint: The police typically make this call.

Asking truckers to help is routine

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Truckers are often willing to help. | kevinmwalsh/iStock/Getty Images

The police routinely ask truckers to help in cases where they can aid in preventing a suicide. This particular incident is unusual because “most of the time these events are (resolved) pretty fast, so we only get one semi,” Lt. Mike Shaw of the Michigan State Police, told CNN.

Hint: How the truckers saved a man.

13 truckers saved a man’s life

Trucks lined up to keep a man from jumping. | MSP Metro Detroit via Twitter

After hours of negotiation, the man walked off the bridge and went to the hospital to be treated, according to Fox 2 Detroit. The Michigan State Police tweeted a photo of the truckers who assisted the police. “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.”

Hint: Contact this organization for help with suicidal thoughts.

How to get help

A sad and depressed young man

There’s always someone to talk to. |

Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 if you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide. Call to learn about the warning signs, how to be supportive, etc. Taking preventative measures may prevent depression from becoming suicidal thoughts.

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