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13 Semis Line Up on Freeway to Shorten Fall of Suicidal Man

He ended up walking off highway overpass instead of jumping
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 24, 2018 5:03 PM CDT
Updated Apr 25, 2018 2:11 AM CDT

(Newser) – When Michigan State Police learned of a man threatening to jump from a highway overpass early Tuesday, they came up with a novel way to help him. They shut down all lanes of I-696 in Oak Park around the overpass, in both directions, and called in 13 semi-trucks that were passing through the area. The trucks lined the highway underneath the overpass so that if the man did jump, his fall would be shortened, Fox 2 reports. Negotiators spoke to the man for several hours and ultimately he walked off the bridge. Police took him to a nearby hospital for evaluation. (Read more Michigan stories.)

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