A caring cab driver who called 999 after seeing a man sitting perilously on the A21 bridge on Pembury Road in Tunbridge Wells said he was “relieved” to hear he is safe. Engin Çağlar, 41, had noticed school children looking at something as he came towards the busy bridge at around 3.30pm on Thursday. (May 2)
He was “shocked” when he realised they were looking at a man who was sitting on the “outside” of the railings, on the ledge of the bridge. The traffic stopped briefly as another quick-thinking driver, this time of a small truck, got out to encourage the children to walk quickly past and Engin was able to ring 999.
A spokesman for Kent Police told Kent Live: “Officers attended at around 3.35pm due to concern for the welfare of a man who appeared to be in distress. The man was safely taken into the care of medical professionals.”
Hackney driver Engin told us: “I am relieved. I was really concerned. It is the first time I have seen someone in that type of situation. I was shocked as well. I am quite vigilant because I am a taxi driver. I like to try to help if I can. I want to see everyone happy if I can.”
Engin said: “I was driving and suddenly I stop and next to me, there are two lines, the lorry next to me has pulled left as well. The kids were looking, because it was school off time, and I was thinking, what are they looking at? Then I thought, oh my gosh, on the bridge on the other side, he was just sitting there.
“The driver of the small truck was trying to tell the kids to move away, to move them along. As he did that, I called the police. Of course, we couldn’t stay that long. A couple of seconds really. I am very glad to hear that his was being looked after.”
Article Source: Kent Live