Rush hour traffic was brought to a standstill after a man fell from a motorway bridge.
Police closed all lanes of the M6 between junction 32, Preston north, and junction 33 at Galgate at 8.30am yesterday, after reports of a man lying in the northbound carriageway.
Congestion backed up in both directions for 90 minutes, while the area was cleared for an air ambulance to land and attend to the man, believed to be in his late 40s.
The emergency services were alerted by passing motorists, who watched in horror as the man fell from the bridge in Scorton.
One female motorist , who was travelling southbound, said: “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.
“The man was standing on the bridge wearing jeans and a checked shirt, and all the cars on the motorway were slowing down.
“At that point there wasn’t anyone from the police there to try and get him down, he was there alone.
“Then I saw him tumbling to the ground and then lying, face down on the ground.
“It was pretty horrific, not the kind of thing I was expecting on my way to work.
“I was pretty shook up by it all, but I phoned for emergency help, probably like a lot of other people, and very soon after there were blue lights and sirens all over.”
Police said the man had not been hit by a vehicle on the ground and his injuries were not considered life-threatening.
One lane of the M6 northbound reopened a short time after the air ambulance took off, and the motorway was returned to normal at about 10am.