Off-duty cop stops woman jumping in front of motorway traffic on the Costa Blanca

LIFE SAVER: Off duty police officer stops woman jumping in front of oncoming traffic on the A-31 at Petrer.

AN off-duty police officer reportedly saved the life of a woman who attempted to throw herself in front of oncoming traffic on the busy A-31 motorway near Petrer shopping centre.

The National Police officer, based at the Elda-Petrer, apparently saw a woman in her 50s ‘wandering around’ close to the motorway in the Madrid-Alicante direction.

Concerned, he decided to approach the woman to see if she needed help. She apparently told him that she intended to end her life, before trying to jump the motorway barrier.

As vehicles were speeding past, the officer managed to prevent the distressed woman from hurling herself in front of oncoming traffic before attempting to calm her down.

Witnesses alerted the Elda-Petrer National Police Commissioner, and officers and an ambulance were despatched.

The woman was taken to Elda’s General University Hospital where she was treated in the Psychiatric Unit.

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Tara Rippin

Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
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