Police continue investigations into two men over fatal bridge collapse near Lancaster

Two men on police bail over the bridge collapse in Roeburndale which caused the death of a 73-year-old man have been released under investigation.

By Gayle Rouncivell
Thursday, 21st April 2022, 12:02 pm
Updated Friday, 22nd April 2022, 2:38 pm

Three men were originally arrested after the incident on January 18.

Brian Harwood was among 11 people thrown from an all-terrain vehicle pulling a trailer when the bridge gave way in Roeburndale, near Wray.

Mr Harwood, from Penrith in Cumbria, died at the scene.

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The collapsed bridge in Roeburndale, Lancashire, where one man was killed and others were seriously injured. Photo: Kelvin Stuttard

Two other people were injured and taken to hospital after the incident.

Police said at the time that those in the vehicles were from a "shooting party" who were "travelling on private land" and were returning to a farm when the bridge suddenly gave way beneath them.

A 55-year-old man from Preston and two men, aged 52 and 57, from Lancaster, were later arrested on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter.

The 55-year-old and 57-year-old have this week been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Brian Harwood died when a wooden bridhge collapsed on farmland at Roeburndale on January 18 2022.

The 52-year-old man has been released with no further action to be taken.