A HUSBAND watched in horror as his wife was hit by three cars after jumping from a bridge over the M62.
Stella Crosland, 62, climbed over a metre-high guardrail to jump from the bridge - which carries Field Head Lane over the motorway near Birstall - on February 1, a Huddersfield inquest was told.
Her husband, Peter, arrived at the scene just after she had jumped.
He looked over the rail to see his wife hit by three cars which were travelling in the fast lane towards Manchester.
The tragedy was recounted yesterday to deputy coroner Mark Hinchcliffe.
He heard that Mrs Crosland, of Bronte Road, Birstall, had a history of severe anxiety, depression and agoraphobia.
He recorded a verdict that she killed herself.
Mr Hinchcliffe said the Highways Agency would be asked to raise the height of motorway bridge guardrails in Kirklees, Calderdale and Bradford.
He added: "It is often said there is little point making recommendations, because if a person is determined to end their life there is nothing you can do.
"But there is a public duty for the coroner to take steps to prevent a person ending their life in such a way as to severely jeopardise other people.
"I say this with respect to the family in this instance. But there is no doubt that the means adopted by the deceased to end her life placed other users of the M62 at great risk and other deaths could have resulted."
Mrs Crosland had been experiencing problems since 1999, when she was admitted to the Priestley Unit of Dewsbury District Hospital. In January this year she said she was "afraid of everything around her, had no confidence and was fed up of living".
The night before her death, Mrs Crosland went to a bridge at Birkenshaw which crosses the M62, with the intention of jumping off.
However, she returned home and confessed what she had planned to her husband, saying she did not have the courage to carry it out.
At about 8pm on February 1 she left the house while Mr Crosland was in the bath.
He alerted family members, including their daughter-in-law, to check the bridge at Birkenshaw.
She did not find Mrs Crosland there, so Mr Crosland set off for the Field Head Lane bridge.
Witness Ian Butterfield and his wife were driving along Field Head Lane when they saw Mrs Crosland climb over the guard rail and jump.
Mr Butterfield said: "We thought it was someone messing about at first. I stopped the car. My wife said we should phone the police."
The couple then saw Mr Crosland and his son arrive at the scene.