Hero trucker parks lorry under M62 bridge to stop man from jumping

A lorry driver may very well have saved the life of a young man who was sitting over the edge a bridge on the M62[1] today.

A distressing image showed a man had climbed over the railing of the M62 bridge and sat on the end, looking down towards the motorway.

When a lorry driver saw it, they moved into the hard shoulder and parked up, leaving the truck directly underneath the man on the edge of the bridge.

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

To get the latest email updates from LeedsLive, click here[2].

One individual 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.”

Where to get mental health help in 2021

Samaritans[3] : Phone 116 123, 24 hours a day, or email [email protected], in confidence

Platform 1 men’s community group[4] : Support for issues including mental health problems and addiction recovery. Visit the website or call 01484 421143.

Andy’s Man Club[5] : [email protected]

PAPYRUS[6] : A voluntary organisation supporting suicidal teens and young adults. Phone 0800 068 4141

Mind[7] : A charity offering support and advice for people with mental health problems.

Bullying UK[8] : A website for both children and adults affected by bullying. Click here

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)[9] : For young men who are feeling unhappy. There’s a website and a helpline: 0800 58 58 58

MindOut[10]: Provide support and advice on mental health for members of LGBTQ communities. Phone 01273 234839   

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.”

References

  1. ^ M62 (www.leeds-live.co.uk)
  2. ^ click here (www.leeds-live.co.uk)
  3. ^ Samaritans (www.samaritans.org)
  4. ^ Platform 1 men’s community group (platform-1.co.uk)
  5. ^ Andy’s Man Club (andysmanclub.co.uk)
  6. ^ PAPYRUS (www.papyrus-uk.org)
  7. ^ Mind (www.mind.org.uk)
  8. ^ Bullying UK (www.bullying.co.uk)
  9. ^ Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) (www.thecalmzone.net)
  10. ^ MindOut (mindout.org.uk)