M62 closed as man threatens to jump off bridge

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: M62 closed as man threatens to jump off bridge M62 closed as man threatens to jump off bridge

The M62 near Bradford was closed in both directions this evening because police believed a man was about to throw himself off a bridge.

Officers shut both sides of the motorway near junction 26 (Chain Bar) for about five minutes at 7.15pm. The man was on a bridge where Turnsteads Avenue and Whitechapel Road cross over the motorway between Scholes and Cleckheaton, said police.

A police spokesman said: “A person was stood on the bridge that police assumed was planning to jump. The motorway was closed for the person’s wellbeing and for motorists’ safety as well.”

He added: “The person was assisted away safely by officers.”

Traffic jams built up quite quickly as a result of the closure, added the spokesman.

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