#truckerstotherescue was tweeted out by Florida Highway Patrol when half-dozen trucks lined up under a portion of the Florida Turnpike near Kirkman Road. It was closed on Tuesday, August 28 due to a man attempting to jump off an overpass. Here’s a picture taken by the FHP
A group of truckers came together around the afternoon to help this man in distress on an overpass. Around 3 P.M, Orlando police stated that the man is okay without injury. This not he first time that this tactic has been used, but it was the first time I’ve seen it in our hometown Orlando. It’s awesome to see truckers volunteer together, taking time out of their schedule, and using their big rigs to save a life.
Another instance of this happening was in April in Detroit, Michigan where a baker’s dozen of trucks lined up under an overpass to shorten the fall of a distressed person.
Michigan State Police Lt. Mike Shaw said that his agency never has trouble getting truck drivers to volunteer to help: “They want to help out too. Nobody wants to see somebody take their own life and if it takes parking your truck underneath an overpass for a couple of hours to make sure somebody’s safe, they’re more than willing to do something like that.”
Lt. Mike Shaw also mentioned that this is a common tactic that police officers use, if they get a called that someone is planning on jumping off an overpass, the police department sends a message to the truck drivers and helps them line up their trucks below the overpass. It has been a common practice that has been kept a secret for years, but due to social media, it’s kind of hard to keep it under wraps.
If you want to learn more about each situation, I put the sources of the photos and information below.
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Michigan news story
Orlando news story
FHP Twitter Post