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Lorry driver talks of shock at seeing man killed on A1 near Grantham

The bridge over the A1 at Dysart Road is cordoned off by police.
The bridge over the A1 at Dysart Road is cordoned off by police.

A lorry driver who witnessed the death of a man on the A1 on Friday covered up the body after seeing school buses travelling nearby.

The man is believed to have jumped from the Dysart Road bridge and was then hit by a lorry.

Both carriageways of the A1 were closed by police for about six hours causing traffic chaos through Grantham as motorists were diverted.

Police spoke to three lorry drivers, one whose vehicle was involved in the incident and two others who witnessed it.

One of those drivers to witness the incident was Brian Shore, who lives in Huddersfield. Mr Shore told the Journal: “The chap hit one lorry and I was immediately behind. I have witnessed a couple of fatal accidents before but this was a particularly distressing scene. I covered him up because there were school buses going over the bridge so I am glad I was able to spare them that.

Mr Shore, who has provided the police with dashcam footage, added: “The lorry driver who hit him has had a tough time just as I am having. This will stay with me for a very long time, as it will for the other HGV witness and the HGV driver who the victim collided with.

“Only one HGV was involved. The other two were witnesses, contrary to mainstream media reports.”

A number of readers took to social media following the incident. On the Journal’s Facebook page, Nicola Holbrook said: “I saw him whilst driving on the A1. I called the police amongst a number of other people. It was too late. Less than five minutes later he was gone. I wish there was something we could have done.”

And John Sayer said: “I went over Dysart Road bridge at 7.50 and saw a man standing looking down onto the A1, he was in his pyjamas. I thought it was odd.”

The incident happened at about 8am. A few hours later the Dysart Road bridge was closed to traffic while a forensics team investigated.

Police made an appeal for motorists with dashcams to check whether they captured the incident on camera.

A police spokesman said: “About that time a man fell from the Dysart Bridge where it crosses the A1 and it is believed was hit by southbound vehicles on the A1.

“Anyone who was in the area at the time and had dash cams recording is asked to call 101 and leave their details so that police can contact them.”

The identity of the man has not been released by police.

Anybody with information about the incident should call police on 101 and quote incident number 50 of February 3.


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