The family of a Good Samaritan who was killed after coming to the aid of another man on a motorway have describe him as "generous and selfless".
Spencer Bell, 71, from Bushey, Hertfordshire, had stopped to assist a man who had fallen from the Bucknalls bridge over the M1 near junction 5 at about 10.45am yesterday when he was struck by a vehicle. In a statement, his family said:
Spencer was the most loving, funny and generous person. Everyone who knew him loved his quick wit and kindness. We cannot imagine life without him, he always had a smile on his face and loved life.
Knowing he died in such a selfless way is no comfort. But we would not have expected anything else of him. He loved and was loved dearly, by his wife Wendy, his three children, sons in laws, seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Two people who were killed after one of the men came to the aid of another man on a motorway have been named by Hertfordshire Police.
Spencer Bell, 71, from Bushey, Hertfordshire, had stopped to assist a man who had fallen from the Bucknalls bridge over the M1 near junction 5 at about 10.45am yesterday when he was struck by a vehicle.
Hertfordshire Police confirmed the man who fell from the bridge was Alan Trethewey, 67, from Watford.
Both men died at the scene.
– Rupert Gadd, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Police Road Crash Investigation Unit
A male is known to have jumped from the bridge parapet onto the carriageway.
Other motorists have stopped to assist to his aid - unfortunately one of those people who stopped was struck by another vehicle.
We have started an investigation into the collision and deaths of both males.
#M1 The earlier incident on the M1(N), J5 - J6 has been cleared. The carriageway has re-opened but it'll take time for the delays to ease.
All lanes have reopened on the M1 northbound near Watford. However, there are still long delays in the area between J5 (Watford) and J6 (Bricket Wood).
Speaking to the Watford Observer, Rebecca Martin who was travelling on the M1 on a bus said:
– Rebecca Martin
We came to a screeching halt and it sounded like a car accident had happened in front of us or something. We then found out a man had jumped from the bridge in front of us.
We were just three or four cars behind it. Then another car stopped and a man got out to help and was hit by another car. An air ambulance came and took both of the men away.
Police say two people have died following a serious incident on the M1 in Hertfordshire. Emergency services were called to junction 5 on the northbound carriageway at around 10.45am.
– Met Police statement
Police are currently attending a serious incident and are asking drivers to avoid the area where possible.
The southbound carriageway had been closed but is now open. However, the northbound carriageway is closed and is expected to remain closed for some time.
Drivers are thanked for their patience but asked to find alternative routes where possible.