Hero lorry driver saves woman who was 'going to jump from bridge'

A picture shows the moment a ‘hero’ lorry driver stopped his truck under a bridge to save a woman who was ‘going to jump’

Motorists on the N7 in Ireland feared the woman would throw herself from the bridge into traffic on Friday, according to reports.

It’s believed the driver of an Artic truck stopped underneath her to prevent this from happening.

The incident is said to have happened at Junction three on the Naas Road.

Keith Dunne, the man who took a photo of the incident, told the Irish Mirror: ‘She was going to jump at Naas today but an Artic lorry stooped under her.

‘Not all heroes wear capes, it’s not a nice time of year to feel like you have to end your life, talk to someone, anybody please.’

The lorry driver, who has not been identified, was reportedly praised by members of the public for his actions.

One person said: ‘What a fast thinking and very courageous lorry driver. Well done mate.

‘Respect and prayers go out to you. You saved somebody’s poor mum, sister, lover, wife, nan or aunty.’

A second added: ‘Very sad times when you contemplate ending your life like this, let’s hope she can get help.’

The incident comes as thousands of people share the Samaritans’ helpline number on social media to remind those struggling over Christmas that they are never alone.

Mental health charity Mind found in 2015 that more than a third (36%) of people with mental health problems have self-harmed to cope with the pressure of Christmas.

Mind’s survey, of 1,100 supporters, also discovered that more than half (52%) have considered harming themselves during this period, while nearly half (45%) have thought about taking their own life.

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