The M56 descended into Bank Holiday chaos yesterday (May 2) after a man was spotted dangling his legs over a motorway bridge.
Holidaymakers were forced to abandon their cars and taxis in the middle of the motorway and were seen scaling fences and dragging their suitcases to Manchester Airport after getting caught up in a three hour traffic jam close to junction 4 near to the airport.
A number of motorists travelling from the direction of Chester and people who were desperate to catch their flights on time simply left their vehicles in the middle of the M56 as police shut part of the carriageway while they tried to talk the man safely down.
The incident caused huge congestion within minutes with traffic on surrounding routes also grinding to a halt as motorists were advised to avoid the area.
Despite police making appeals for the public to stay inside their vehicles, pictures show drivers scrambling up the motorway embankment and striding across fields towards Manchester Airport.
The North West Motorway Police issued a warning on Twitter, writing: “Closures will remain if you are trapped in the tailback. RETURN TO YOUR VEHICLE IMMEDIATELY we will be getting you moving in next few mins.”
The Manchester Evening News reported that police negotiators were called to the scene and the man came down from the bridge of his own accord around two and a half hours later.
North West Motorway Police said he was taken to hospital by ambulance for ongoing care and support at around 9pm.