Truck driver saves man by parking under M62 to stop him jumping
The hero parked his truck under the bridge and wouldn't move it until the man was escorted off the bridge
A truck driver spotted a man sitting on the edge of a bridge overhanging the M62 and took immediate action to deter a potential suicide attempt and save his life. Not all heroes wear capes - some drive lorries.
The driver saw the distressed man hanging off the edge of the bridge and proceeded to park his lorry underneath so as to stop him from jumping. The trucker wouldn't move the vehicle until others arrived to escort him from off the bridge. Fantastic teamwork.
The story was covered by Leeds Live, who were quoted onlookers as having said "Well done to that lorry driver. Hope the person on the bridge gets the help they need.", while another said, simply: "Trucker is a good human and deserves the utmost respect."
However, the image itself was first published on Vulnerable Citizen Support Leeds' Facebook page, a local charity that works to look after the homeless and others struggling in the community.
Not long ago, we shared their story about a young lad who went back to thank a Greggs Manager who fed him every day while he was homeless. It is definitely a 'faith in humanity restored' kind of page.
The admin wrote the following about the incident on the M62:
ITS OKAY - NOT TO BE OKAY 🙌❤️🙌
This is a picture from the M62 Motorway Bridge - ❤️🙌 a passerby has posted it to raise...
Like everyone else, we applaud this truck driver, whoever he is, for spotting the man and intervening when he did. There was no doubt any number of vehicles whizzing down that motorway who either didn't see him or didn't know what to do and kept driving. Thank you for being the one who did.
If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or any mental health issues, please use the following resources to get the help you need right away:
Samaritans — 116 123
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) - 0800 58 58 58
Papyrus (for under-35s) — Call 0800 068 41 41 or Text 07860 039967
Childline (for under-19s) — 0800 1111
SOS (Silence of Suicide)—0300 1020 505
Shout Crisis Text Line — Text "SHOUT" to 85258
YoungMinds Crisis Messenger (for under-19s) — Text "YM" to 85258
You can also call the 111 out of hours service and if you, or someone else life is in immediate danger, call 999 immediately.