Motorway closed after death fall from bridge
The eastbound carriageway of the motorway was reopened just after 11.20am and the westbound at around 1pm. Traffic congestion built up in surrounding towns and villages while the motorway was closed.
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Police were called at 9.52am to reports of a concern for safety for a male on a bridge at Rishworth at the M62.
“The male fell from the bridge and sustained fatal injuries.”
The tragic incident resulted in serious problems on the M62. At its height traffic queued back as far as Junction 26 at Chain Bar, near Cleckheaton.
Scammonden Bridge is maintained by government agency Highways England, who after saying nothing could be done to make it safer, have in recent months said they are looking at what can be done following a number of deaths.
Alex Cann on Twitter said: “So sad to hear that another life has been lost at #Scammonden Bridge on the M62.
“Surely it must be time for Highways England to look at some kind of fence or preventative measures? At least 8 suicides since 2010, I believe. Desperately heartbreaking that they