January 9, 2019
A taxi driver has been dubbed as one of the ‘unsung heroes’ who helped save a man who was threatening to jump from a bridge in Bolton.
Cab driver, Aj Singh, said “I’d never have forgiven myself” when describing why he pulled over to help the man in distress.
Mr Singh was driving his taxi along the A666 in Bolton when he spotted the man standing on the wrong side of the railings along the bridge.
He was driving home after dropping off one of his customers and decided to pull off the dual carriageway to go speak to the man.
Heroic Taxi Driver
After an hour of speaking to the man, he encouraged other members of the public to stop and assist, eventually coaxing the man back over to safety.
“I have family and friends who have had mental health problems. If I hadn’t pulled over, I wouldn’t have been able to forgive myself.”
Aj, from Altrincham, said: “I was just about to join the motorway when I noticed a man on the wrong side of the bridge.
“I put my hazard lights on and went over to him. My main worry was that he was going to fall off the bridge and into the path of an oncoming car.
“While I was speaking to him some other members of the public came over and they rang the police.
“I just kept talking to him. It’s a shame it had got to that stage. I felt like the system had let him down.
“He was obviously in a really dark place, and it was scary to see somebody in that position.”
“I just thought this man is somebody’s loved one. I felt that could relate to him. I have family and friends who have had mental health problems. If I hadn’t pulled over, I wouldn’t have been able to forgive myself.
“At one stage I thought he was going to jump, but eventually we managed to get him to come back and we pulled him over the barrier.”
Police Praise Taxi Driver’s Kind Efforts
Aj and other members of the public have been praised by police in Bolton for their actions in helping the vulnerable man.
The man was taken to hospital after the incident to be assessed by mental health workers.
In a message posted on the Greater Manchester Police Bolton page, officers said: “A massive thank you to those unsung heroes who helped to save the young man. Hopefully he will get the help he needs.”
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