Road closed due to concern over man on bridge

A BUSY road was closed by police last night following concerns that a man was about to jump from a bridge.

Officers said they received a number of calls about a person sitting on the external railings of a footbridge over the A12, near Gainsborough Road in Leytonstone, at around 8.40pm on Thursday (November 8).

Police, the London Fire Brigade and the London Ambulance Service on the scene within minutes and the decision was taken to close the road in both directions as the man appeared unsteady.

At 9pm officers spoke to the man and managed to get him to safety.

The 23-year-old was then taken to hospital and the road was reopened.

 

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2:14pm Sat 10 Nov 12

Kestral1410 says...

What is it going to take to get councils to put a metal cage over these main motorway & 'A road' bridges, so that it puts an end to people jumping and missiles being thrown, wasting valuable police and public time and of course lives!
What is it going to take to get councils to put a metal cage over these main motorway & 'A road' bridges, so that it puts an end to people jumping and missiles being thrown, wasting valuable police and public time and of course lives! Kestral1410
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5:28pm Sat 10 Nov 12

mdj says...

Agreed: there's something in particular about the dramatic view from this open bridge that induces vertigo even in the well-grounded, so it may have a more violent effect on people in a fragile state.

This incident highlights once again the folly of the road layout in Leytonstone, which cannot be altered even temporarily to take two-way traffic when the dual carriageway is closed by emergencies such as this.
Agreed: there's something in particular about the dramatic view from this open bridge that induces vertigo even in the well-grounded, so it may have a more violent effect on people in a fragile state. This incident highlights once again the folly of the road layout in Leytonstone, which cannot be altered even temporarily to take two-way traffic when the dual carriageway is closed by emergencies such as this. mdj
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