Mum of man saved from jumping off bridge by M62 trucker speaks out
The mum of a 28-year-old man who planned to throw himself off a bridge crossing the M62 has praised the hero trucker who saved her son’s life. An unnamed lorry driver has been hailed a hero after stopping in the middle of the carriageway when they spotted a man sitting precariously on the edge of a bridge. The driver moved the truck onto the hard shoulder and parked up, leaving the truck directly underneath the man.
: Last look inside much-loved abandoned theme park before it is demolished His 56-year-old mum, who did not want to be named, saw her son earlier that day and had no idea he was struggling so much with his mental health. It was not until she saw the distressing image circulating on Facebook that she realised it was her son.
“I kept looking at it and I thought, ‘I’m sure that is my son,” she said. “The picture got sent to me and it was circulated around and I could tell it was him by the way he was sat and the clothes he had on. To get the latest email updates from Yorkshire Live, click here . “I’d seen him earlier that day and he was his normal self.
I didn’t see him for long because he just came and went but I was talking to him for a bit. “Looking back, all I can think to myself is, ‘oh my God, that could’ve been the last I saw him’. “Before he left, he turned round to me and said, ‘see you mum, I love you’ and I said it back but that could’ve been the last time.”
The image of the trucker, which was posted by Vulnerable Citizen Support Leeds, has gone viral with praise flooding in for the lorry driver who stopped under the bridge.
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Phone 01273 234839 Now, the man’s mum, who is from Manchester, is keen to make sure the driver knows just how grateful she is and she is convinced the trucker saved her son and prevented him from taking his own life. “He saved his life,” she said. “At the moment, my son has a lot of problems.
He has a lot of worries and I’m just grateful that the driver’s stopped him doing that and I can’t express how grateful that he did stop. “My son is now getting help. He went to the doctors so hopefully he gets in a better place.
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“It was awful at the time and I’m just glad the driver had the sense to do that and stop there and I can’t express how I am feeling.
“It could have been a very different story and I don’t like to imagine that.
I jsut want to get that message out there to thank the driver for everything he has done as he was a godsend that day.”
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