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.