Orlando truckers, perhaps taking a cue from a convoy of Detroit truckers who lined up under a Michigan bridge to help save a suicidal man earlier this year, did the same Tuesday afternoon on Florida’s Turnpike.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a “man in distress” was perched atop an overpass along a stretch of the turnpike in Orlando near Kirkman Road. The man looked like he was trying to jump so as the FHP closed down that stretch of the highway, at least seven semis pulled up under the overpass and parked side by side.
The goal was to “shorten the distance” should the man jump, WESH 2 reported.
As in the Detroit incident, the “distressed man came down on his own,” FHP said in a tweet at 3 p.m., a little over an hour after all the excitement began.
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