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Man who fell from M62 motorway bridge at Heywood has died

A man who fell from the M62 bridge at Heywood has died.

Police and paramedics were called to junction 19 on Thursday morning after reports of a man on the wrong side of the bridge.

The ambulance service later confirmed that the man had fallen.

A road ambulance and air ambulance were called to the scene.

The stretch of the M62 which was closed near Heywood

The man, described as in a serious condition, was airlifted to hospital, where it’s now known he sadly died. He has not yet been named but is believed to be from the local area.

Highways England closed the motorway both ways on Thursday, with diversions put in place, and roads surrounding the motorway also shut.

Long delays of up to 90 minutes built up, stretching back to junction 22 of the M62 at Rishworth Moor to the east, and to junction 15 of the M60 at Swinton to the west.

Both carriageways of the motorway were reopened at about 12.25pm.

The incident is the latest in a series of tragic bridge falls over the last year.

Just last month, a woman died after falling from another bridge in Heywood.

A PCSO standing by the police cordon by the bridge in Heywood where a woman fell

The ambulance service and police were called to the bridge, which stretches over Queen’s Park Road and Queen’s Park.

In April, another woman died after falling from a bridge near Holmes Chapel railway station.

Emergency services were called to Knutsford Road but she was sadly reported dead at the scene.

In March, a woman in her forties was seriously injured after falling from a motorway bridge in Oldham .

In September, the M.E.N. spoke to the heartbroken family of a mum who died after falling from an overpass above the M67.

Sophie Moura
(Image: Manchester Evening News)

Relatives of mum Sophie Moura, 30, bravely chose to speak out of their loss to raise awareness of depressions and anxiety among bright young women like Sophie.

Sophie’s death prompted an outpouring of support from readers.

Helplines and websites

Samaritans (116 123) operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you’re feeling, or if you’re worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at jo@samaritans.org.

Childline (0800 1111) runs a helpline for children and young people in the UK. Calls are free and the number won’t show up on your phone bill.

PAPYRUS (0800 068 41 41) is a voluntary organisation supporting teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal.

Depression Alliance is a charity for people with depression. It doesn’t have a helpline, but offers a wide range of useful resources and links to other relevant information. http://www.depressionalliance.org/

Students Against Depression is a website for students who are depressed, have a low mood or are having suicidal thoughts. Bullying UK is a website for both children and adults affected by bullying. http://studentsagainstdepression.org/

The Sanctuary (0300 003 7029) operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year, for people who are struggling to cope – experiencing depression, anxiety, panic attacks or in crisis.

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