Hero driver saves man's life after parking under bridge to stop him jumping

A truck driver received praise after parking his truck under a highway bridge after a man threatened to jump.

The heroic truck driver pushed his vehicle onto the hard shoulder and parked it directly under the bridge section where the man was sitting above the M62.

Then they left it there until the man was safely escorted off the bridge, reports LeedsLive.

The picture has since been shared by dozens, with much praise posted for the truck driver.

One person said, “Thank you very much to the truck driver. Hopefully the person on the bridge will get the help they need.”

Another added: “A trucker is a good person and deserves the utmost respect.”

Vulnerable Citizen Support Leeds wrote: “IT’S OK TO BE NOT OK.

Hotlines and self-help groups

The NHS Choices website lists the following hotlines and support networks that people can speak to.

  • Samaritan (116 123) operates a 24-hour service that is available every day of the year. If you’d rather write down how you are feeling, or if you fear being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at [email protected]
  • Children’s line (0800 1111) operates a hotline for children and young people in the UK. Calls are free and the number won’t appear on your phone bill.
  • PAPYRUS (0800 068 41 41) is an organization that supports young people and young adults at risk of suicide.
  • understanding (0300 123 3393) is a UK based charity providing advice and support to empower people with mental health problems. They are committed to improving services, creating awareness and promoting understanding.
  • Students Against Depression is a website for students who are depressed, in a bad mood, or have thoughts of suicide.
  • Bullying in the UK is a website for children and adults affected by bullying.
  • Youth counseling – Providing mental health and emotional wellbeing services to Liverpool’s children, adolescents and families. Tel: 0151 707 1025 Email: [email protected]

“This is a picture of the M62 motorway bridge – a passer-by posted it to draw attention to the current situation.

“What people don’t understand is jumping to the other side of a bridge – an indication that something is wrong with their mental health. But what’s next ……..?

“I have a family who have been to this point before and still had to wait a week for an appointment when they were up on a bridge – this post is meant to help raise awareness that – IT’S OK – NOT OK be – and you can or should speak.

“What a trucker – stop on the hard shoulder and leave his truck there – to make sure it didn’t go any further to the ground when he jumped.”

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