Hero truck driver parks under motorway bridge to save man’s life

A lorry driver who parked underneath a motorway bridge where a man was threatening to jump has been praised. The heroic trucker moved his HGV onto the hard shoulder and parked it up directly underneath the part of the M62 bridge where the man was sitting over. He then left it there until the man was safely escorted off the bridge by police.

An extremely distressing image emerged today showing the man, who had climbed over the bridge railing, sat on a ledge looking down at the carriageway while officers spoke to him him. The image has now been shared by dozens of times on social media with praised being heaped on the lorry driver for his quick-thinking actions. One person wrote: “Well done to that lorry driver.

Hope the person on the bridge gets the help they need.” Another said: “Trucker is a good human and deserves the utmost respect.” Vulnerable Citizen Support Leeds posted: “IT’S OKAY – NOT TO BE OKAY.

“This is a picture from the M62 Motorway Bridge – a passerby has posted it to raise awareness of the situation at hand. “What people don’t understand is that to jump on the other side of any bridge – indicates something drastically wrong with their mental health. But what’s next……..?

“I have family who have been at this point before and still had to wait a week for an appointment when she found herself on top of a bridge – this post is to raise that awareness that – IT’S OKAY – NOT TO BE OKAY – and you can or should speak out. “What a trucker – stopping on the hard shoulder and leaving his truck there – to ensure when he did jump – it wasn’t a longer distance to the floor.”

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