Motorway reopened after fatal Scammonden Bridge plunge next to M62 carriageway near Huddersfield

Police closed the M62 after a motorist saw a man fall from a bridge over the carriageway.

Monday, 15th January 2018, 7:31 am
Updated Monday, 15th January 2018, 7:35 am
Sunday 14th January 2018, M62,UK Picture Credit Charlotte Graham for the Daily Telegraph Picture Police attending a Security Incident at the M62 below the Scammonden Bridge on the M62

West Yorkshire Police shut the trans-Pennine motorway for several hours on Sunday morning following the fatal fall from the Scammonden Bridge near Huddersfield.

Officers only initially referred to an “ongoing police incident”.

The force later explained that a driver had seen a man fall at around 8.40am, leading to the full closure as the emergency services attended.

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Inspector Graham Hawcroft said: “He had fallen onto the verge next to the carriageway.

“Officers attended and located him and he was declared dead at the scene.

“His death is not being treated as suspicious and his next of kin have been informed.

“The motorway was re-opened at 11.55am.”