A woman who threatened to jump off Scammonden Bridge was talked down by police officers – but only after causing hours of traffic chaos.
Officers spoke to her as she clung to the 120ft bridge for more than an hour yesterday lunchtime.
During the drama traffic police and Highways officers were forced to close the M62 in both directions between junctions 24 and 22.
The drama began just after 11am and two hours later at 1.10pm the woman was safely brought down and is now being cared for by the authorities.
She has not been named.
A Highways Agency spokeswoman said they were alerted at 11.14am to the woman on the bridge.
The motorway was closed and traffic was also prevented from joining junction 23 at Outlane.
Drivers were advised to avoid the M62 near Rishworth Moor.
The Highways Agency spokeswoman said there were delays of 30 minutes as police tried to turn traffic around between the closure and incident.
After the woman was brought down officers re-opened the stretch, but delays took time to ease given the volume of traffic that had built up.
The problems were worsened in Rastrick with extra long tailbacks at temporary traffic lights near the Sun Inn.
Queues built up stretching way past the recently reopened Clough House pub.
A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said: “We thank motorists for their patience while the incident was brought to a safe conclusion.”
Inevitably, it is not the first time people have threatened to leap off this spectacular bridge.
In June 2010 the Examiner reported how a man spent three hours threatening to fling himself 120ft from it on to the busy trans-Pennine M62.
Eventually he was talked down by experienced West Yorkshire police negotiators.
But the M62 closure that day meant many motorists missed England’s vital World Cup match with Germany as traffic jams built up not only on the M62 but on surrounding roads.