Pensioner hospitalised after M60 bridge fall – Manchester motorists stuck in six-mile traffic delay

By Dean Wilkins

A pensioner has fallen from a motorway bridge in North Manchester and rush-hour motorists are facing more than six miles of delays this morning.

Emergency services were called to a bridge near to Sandgate Road, which passes under the M60 close to Simister Lane, after a woman’s body was found on the motorway shortly after 7.20am.

Junction 17 was closed by officers as paramedics treated the woman by the road side and took her on to hospital – but it has now been reopen.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: “The anti-clockwise carriage of the M60 at junction 17 was closed temporarily this morning but has since been reopened.

“Police were called to the M60 near junction 17 to a report that a woman was in the carriageway.

“Officers attended and found that a woman, believed to be in her 70s, had been seriously injured. She has been taken to hospital for treatment.”

One commuter who is currently stuck in the backlog said: “It’s a crazy scene at the moment, cars are backed all the way to the M62 and it’s a rubbish start to an already doom and gloom week.

“I hope the woman is alright but if she’s been taken to hospital do we really have to now face six miles of traffic?”

Officers are continuing to investigate the incident – it is not believed to be being treated as suspicious.

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