TRAFFIC was brought to a standstill on the M6 motorway near Stafford as a man was found on a bridge above the carriageway in a distressed state.
Officers were called to a bridge between junctions 13 and 14 at around 4.10pm on Monday after getting reports about a 61-year-old Stafford man. Rumours were he was threatening to jump.
Both carriageways were closed as a safety precaution while specially trained officers talked to him.
The incident was resolved just before 6pm and the man was detained under the Mental Health Act and taken to hospital for treatment. Both carriageways of the motorway were re-opened shortly afterwards.
Stafford folk took to twitter to share details about the incident and warn other commuters away from the areas of congestion.
Stafford and Stone SSP (@StaffordSSP) said: "M6 situation is not good in Stafford. Situation still ongoing. Various police, fire etc still on scene."
Ben Harrison (@BenHarrison_) said: "Well, Stafford is gridlocked. Chuffed I left the office on time to get home early to bath junior. That will teach me."
Samantha Sheldon (@samanthafab) said: "Stafford greyfriars is stuck solid both ways."
"Crawling past Stafford common on the bus headed for Stone," she said. "Traffic moving a bit quicker heading towards Stafford now."