Girl, 16, injured in motorway bridge fall

Blackburn Citizen: Police and paramedics at the scene Police and paramedics at the scene

A GIRL was taken to hospital after falling from a motorway bridge over the A56.

The girl, who was said to be around 16-years-old, fell between thirty and forty feet into oncoming traffic, but motorists managed to stop before hitting her.

The teenager had been spotted on the bridge with a group of around five or six youths, and it is believed she may have slipped and fallen onto the motorway.

The incident happened at around 8pm on Saturday night.

Lorry driver Gary Leach had to pull to a halt after seeing her fall.

He said: “I was just approaching the bridge, and being a wagon driver I’m used to kids throwing things off bridges.

“I was watching all the kids on the bridge and thought they’d throw something.

“I saw five or six kids running away, which is normal procedure when they’ve thrown concrete or something off a bridge.

“I saw her fall, it happened so quickly.

“The kids started running, and the man driving in front of me managed to stop with smoke coming off his tyres.

“Two of her friends, two lads, came down the embankment.

“She was obviously knocked out and I think her legs were broken. They took her away in an ambulance, police and paramedics were there within five minutes.”

The road was closed for around half an hour while emergency services dealt with the incident.

A Highways Agency spokesman said the A56 was closed between 7.50pm and 8.24pm between the A680 Woolpack Island and A680 Blackburn Island while police and ambulance crews attended to incident, on the northbound carraigeway.

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10:03am Mon 16 Jun 14

mys says...

Stupid girl,why oh why do the youths of today think it's fun to mess about on bridges etc,this put so many life's at risk could of been fatal for a lot of people,drivers etc,I'm glad she's ok but she needs a **** good telling off,sounds like they were messing about because you don't just fall off a bridge full stop.
Stupid girl,why oh why do the youths of today think it's fun to mess about on bridges etc,this put so many life's at risk could of been fatal for a lot of people,drivers etc,I'm glad she's ok but she needs a **** good telling off,sounds like they were messing about because you don't just fall off a bridge full stop. mys
  • Score: 45

1:11pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Sammydog says...

This story is pure speculation, the person who fell off the bridge was on her own and did not know any of the kids on the bridge. Can I just make it clear that t.he kids were NOT messing about on the bridge and just so happened to be there when this unfortunate incident took place.
This story is pure speculation, the person who fell off the bridge was on her own and did not know any of the kids on the bridge. Can I just make it clear that t.he kids were NOT messing about on the bridge and just so happened to be there when this unfortunate incident took place. Sammydog
  • Score: 23

3:26pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Lucky reporter says...

This is not true I was there and this is all unacurate very not true at all should get your facts right
This is not true I was there and this is all unacurate very not true at all should get your facts right Lucky reporter
  • Score: 9

4:15pm Mon 16 Jun 14

greenscreener says...

Lucky reporter wrote:
This is not true I was there and this is all unacurate very not true at all should get your facts right
So what happened ?
[quote][p][bold]Lucky reporter[/bold] wrote: This is not true I was there and this is all unacurate very not true at all should get your facts right[/p][/quote]So what happened ? greenscreener
  • Score: 14

6:05pm Mon 16 Jun 14

steve18gls says...

greenscreener wrote:
Lucky reporter wrote:
This is not true I was there and this is all unacurate very not true at all should get your facts right
So what happened ?
Yes what did happen then ??
[quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lucky reporter[/bold] wrote: This is not true I was there and this is all unacurate very not true at all should get your facts right[/p][/quote]So what happened ?[/p][/quote]Yes what did happen then ?? steve18gls
  • Score: 8

6:28pm Mon 16 Jun 14

BuckoTheMoose says...

steve18gls wrote:
greenscreener wrote:
Lucky reporter wrote:
This is not true I was there and this is all unacurate very not true at all should get your facts right
So what happened ?
Yes what did happen then ??
Do tell...
[quote][p][bold]steve18gls[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lucky reporter[/bold] wrote: This is not true I was there and this is all unacurate very not true at all should get your facts right[/p][/quote]So what happened ?[/p][/quote]Yes what did happen then ??[/p][/quote]Do tell... BuckoTheMoose
  • Score: 5

8:42pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Steven Seagull says...

Lucky reporter wrote:
This is not true I was there and this is all unacurate very not true at all should get your facts right
unacurate?
[quote][p][bold]Lucky reporter[/bold] wrote: This is not true I was there and this is all unacurate very not true at all should get your facts right[/p][/quote]unacurate? Steven Seagull
  • Score: 7

10:11pm Mon 16 Jun 14

brightstar84 says...

teenagers these days ;/
teenagers these days ;/ brightstar84
  • Score: 2

10:49pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Snowy-D says...

Lucky reporter wrote:
This is not true I was there and this is all unacurate very not true at all should get your facts right
So lucky what did happen
[quote][p][bold]Lucky reporter[/bold] wrote: This is not true I was there and this is all unacurate very not true at all should get your facts right[/p][/quote]So lucky what did happen Snowy-D
  • Score: 1

11:45pm Mon 16 Jun 14

ossym says...

Lucky reporter wrote:
This is not true I was there and this is all unacurate very not true at all should get your facts right
Were you one of the kids that ran off?
[quote][p][bold]Lucky reporter[/bold] wrote: This is not true I was there and this is all unacurate very not true at all should get your facts right[/p][/quote]Were you one of the kids that ran off? ossym
  • Score: 6

6:45pm Sun 22 Jun 14

pdb951 says...

WHAT DID HAPPEN THEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!
WHAT DID HAPPEN THEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!! pdb951
  • Score: 0

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