M6 closed after man 'comes off bridge' near Wigan

The M6 is blocked in both directions
The M6 is blocked in both directions

Police closed a stretch of motorway this morning after reports of a man falling from a bridge.


The motorway was closed in both directions between J27 at Standish and J28 at Leyland, after reports that a man came off a bridge over the Northbound carriageway near J28, around 9.30am this morning (Tuesday, May 21).

Paramedics and police rushed to the scene, and multiple air ambulances also landed on the motorway, but were not used.

The Southbound carriageway was released shortly before 11am, after the air ambulance had left the scene, with the Northbound side being reopened around 11.45am.

A man has been taken to Royal Preston Hospital by ambulance. His condition and injuries are unknown.

Preston Police said: "We are currently at the scene of an incident on the M6, after a man is thought to have come off a bridge close to junction 28 on the northbound side. We will shortly be putting a closure in place between junctions 28 and 29. We would urge motorists to avoid the area if possible and find alternative routes. We will update when we can."

Highways are urging motorists to avoid the M6 south of Preston as police deal with the incident. Motorists being held on the Northbound carriageaway can still exit at J28.