Teenager persuaded not to jump from bridge two days after man killed in fall

M18 seen from A60 near Loversall, Doncaster.
M18 seen from A60 near Loversall, Doncaster.
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A SUICIDAL teenager was talked out of throwing himself from a Doncaster motorway bridge less than two days after a man died in similar circumstances only a couple of miles away.

Emergency services officers managed to persuade the 17-year-old boy not to take his own life by jumping onto the M18 at Loversall.

Both north and south-bound carriageways of the motorway were cleared of traffic on Sunday evening to try and prevent a repeat of last Friday’s fatality, when a 44-year-old Doncaster man plunged to his death from a bridge near Old Edlington. It is not known if the teenager, who had travelled to the site from his home in Worksop, was aware of last week’s incident, when the man was thrown in front of a lorry on the south-bound carriageway.

The incident on Sunday was initially reported to South Yorkshire Police at 9.10pm and they immediately rushed officers to the A60 bridge which lies between Loversall and Wadworth. Meanwhile road blocks were set up to close the motorway between Junctions 2 and 3.

But it was officers from the Highways Agency who were first on the scene. They managed to keep the boy talking until trained police negotiators arrived to take over, persuading him not to carry out his threat.

They spent around half an hour with the boy, who was then taken away for a mental health assessment to be carried out. The reason behind his apparent suicide attempt has not been disclosed.

Meanwhile, police are still urging people who saw the Finningley man before he plunged from the Cockhill Lane bridge just before 7am last Friday to get in touch.

He was hit by a Mercedes tanker and a truck, suffering fatal injuries.

His name will not be issued by police until an inquest is opened later this week following a post-mortem examination. Any witnesses – either on the M18 or Cockhill Lane – or anyone who saw the man prior to the incident is urged to contact South Yorkshire Police on 0114 220 2020 quoting incident number 179 of June 3.