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Truckers save the life of suicidal man who jumped from overpass


A South Carolina man survived a suicide attempt over the weekend thanks to a group of truckers who parked their rigs underneath an overpass.

The incident began around 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 7, in Greenville, South Carolina, according to the Greenville News.

The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office says that Vernon Purris Seigler, 38, was threatening to jump from the Highway 25 overpass onto I-85 below. SWAT team negotiators were brought in to try to coax Seigler off of the overpass while authorities shut down the southbound lanes of the interstate.

Seigler jumped from the overpass in spite of the negotiators but only fell a few feet because of the three semi trucks that police had set up underneath the overpass.

Seigler suffered no significant injuries.

After Seigler landed on top of one of the trucks, he was taken into police custody without further incident. He was charged with disorderly conduct and pedestrian in the roadway.

All lanes were reopened by 11 a.m.


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