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Cruces Cops Save Distraught Trucker’s Life

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Two Las Cruces police officers helped save a man’s life early Monday after they found the semi-truck driver trying to hang himself inside a rig at a west Las Cruces travel center, the Las Cruces Police Department said in a news release.

Shortly after 2 a.m. Monday, a 23-year-old man called Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch to say he was depressed and wanted to end his life, the release said.

Officers were dispatched to the Love’s Travel Stop on Robert Larson Blvd. but weren’t sure which rig the man was driving or where he might be found, according to the release.

The two officers who arrived at the center went rig-to-rig waking several truck drivers, eventually finding one truck whose driver didn’t answer their knock, police said.

They found the man in the sleeper portion of the cab with a seat belt tied around his neck, then cut him loose, pulled the driver from the rig and placed him in protective custody, the release said.

The man, whose name was not released, was taken to a local hospital for evaluation, according to police. No charges are expected to be filed.


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