Tributes to ‘beloved’ woman who died in M1 tragedy between Sheffield and Rotherham

Tributes have been paid to a ‘beloved’ woman who died on the M1 in South Yorkshire.

Thursday, 17th September 2020, 7:23 pm
M1 motorway

At around 8pm on Sunday, police received numerous reports of a woman sat over the railings on a bridge over the northbound carriageway, between junctions 32 for Thurcroft and 33 for Catcliffe.

A few minutes later, the 39-year-old is believed to have fallen from the bridge on to the carriageway below.

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She was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

South Yorkshire Police have now named her as Kerry Mather, of Rotherham.

In a statement, her family said: “Kerry was a beloved daughter, sister and auntie and will be sorely missed by all.

“We would urge anyone who may have been in the area at the time to get in contact with police, any information could help.”

Sergeant Mark Bradey, of South Yorkshire Police’s serious collisions unit, said: “As part of our investigation we need to establish exactly what happened in the moments leading up to the woman’s death.

“I am appealing to anyone who was travelling in either direction between junctions 31 and 33 of the M1 between 8pm and 8.15pm on Sunday to contact us.

“Any information could greatly assist our enquiries."

Anyone who can help police with their investigation should call 101, quoting incident number 891 of September 12.

Any footage can be emailed to [email protected] with the incident number in the subject title.

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