At 1 a.m. on April 24, truck drivers in the Oak Park area of Michigan got a call from police: A man was standing on the edge of a bridge, and he will jump.
Those drivers raced to the scene to help — and parked their trucks under the bridge, providing a comparatively safe landing space if man jump.
Sgt. Jason Brockdorff of the Huntington Woods Police Department said that the response was something local police and truck drivers had actually trained for. But what was unusual was the sheer number of drivers who responded to the call.
“That’s a practice we use if we have a jumper. We try to do it every time, to lessen the distance someone would travel if they were to jump. Fortunately, that didn’t happen.”
After all the trucks were parked, the police were able to more easily negotiate with the man.
Eventually, the man walked off the bridge on his own and is currently receiving medical help.