Hero lorry driver ‘saves man’s life’ after parking under M62 bridge

A truck driver has been praised after parking his lorry underneath a motorway bridge where a man was threatening to jump.

An extremely distressing image which has emerged today shows a man who had climbed over the railing of a bridge over the M62.

He was sat on a ledge looking down at the carriageway.

When the lorry driver became aware of this, they moved their vehicle onto hard shoulder and parked it up directly underneath the part of the bridge where the man was sitting reports Leeds Live.[1]

They then left it there until the man was safely escorted off the bridge.

The image has now been shared by dozens with heaps of praise being posted for the driver of the heavy goods vehicle.

One person said: “Well done to that lorry driver. Hope the person on the bridge gets the help they need.”

While another added: “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.”

Helplines and websites

Samaritans (116 123) samaritans.org operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you’re feeling, or if you’re worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at [email protected][2] , write to Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK, PO Box 9090, STIRLING, FK8 2SA and visit www.samaritans.org/branches to find your nearest branch.

For support for people feeling suicidal, if you are concerned about someone or if you are bereaved by suicide see http://shiningalightonsuicide.org.uk[3]

CALM (0800 58 58 58) thecalmzone.net has a helpline is for men who are down or have hit a wall for any reason, who need to talk or find information and support. They’re open 5pm to midnight, 365 days a year.

Greater Manchester Bereavement Service Greater Manchester Bereavement Service can help to find support for anyone in Greater Manchester that has been bereaved or affected by a death. No one needs to feel alone as they deal with their grief. www.greater-manchester-bereavement-service.org.uk[4]

Childline (0800 1111 ) runs a helpline for children and young people in the UK. Calls are free and the number won’t show up on your phone bill.

PAPYRUS (0800 068 41 41) is a voluntary organisation supporting teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal.

Beat Eating Disorders: Beat provides helplines for adults and young people offering support and information about eating disorders. These helplines are free to call from all phones. Adult Helpline: 0808 801 0677, Studentline: 0808 801 0811, Youthline: 0808 801 0711. www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk[5]

Anorexia & Bulimia Care: ABC provide on-going care, emotional support and practical guidance for anyone affected by eating disorders, those struggling personally and parents, families and friends. Helpline: 03000 11 12 13. www.anorexiabulimiacare.org.uk/[6]

Students Against Depression is a website for students who are depressed, have a low mood or are having suicidal thoughts. Bullying UK is a website for both children and adults affected by bullying studentsagainstdepression.org[7]

For information and links to charities and organisations that can help with substance abuse, visit https://www.supportline.org.uk/problems/drugs/[8]

References

  1. ^ reports Leeds Live. (www.leeds-live.co.uk)
  2. ^ [email protected] (www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk)
  3. ^ http://shiningalightonsuicide.org.uk (t.co)
  4. ^ www.greater-manchester-bereavement-service.org.uk (www.greater-manchester-bereavement-service.org.uk)
  5. ^ www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk (www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk)
  6. ^ www.anorexiabulimiacare.org.uk/ (www.anorexiabulimiacare.org.uk)
  7. ^ studentsagainstdepression.org (www.google.com)
  8. ^ https://www.supportline.org.uk/problems/drugs/ (www.supportline.org.uk)