Hereford & Worcester

M42 motorway reopens in Worcestershire after 24 hours

The closed road
The M42 closed on Saturday and some drivers were caught in tailbacks of up to five hours

The M42 in Worcestershire has been reopened after a 24-hour closure and the Highways Agency said traffic was now "flowing freely".

Police said a man who had been making threats to harm himself, while standing on a bridge at Catshill, was safe.

The motorway had been closed since Saturday lunchtime while the man remained on the bridge.

The police said he was detained under the Mental Health Act and taken to hospital.

Supt Kevin Purcell, of West Mercia Police, said he was "proud" of his team of negotiators.

'Caught in tailbacks'

Ch Supt Martin Evans, head of the Central Motorway Police Group, thanked motorists for their patience.

Prior to the reopening, the Highways Agency had said it was possible the road would not reopen until Monday.

It had closed at 12:45 GMT on Saturday between the M5 and Alvechurch junctions. The A38 at Catshill was also shut.

West Mercia Police apologised to drivers who were caught in tailbacks of up to five hours on Saturday.

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