25/10/2013 05:12 BST | Updated 24/12/2013 05:12 GMT

Woman Dies After Falling From M6 Bridge

Traffic on the M6 near Walsall as floods, signal failures and even animals on rail tracks combined to hold up millions of travellers today as the Christmas getaway began.

A woman has died after falling from a bridge over the M6 near Birmingham.

Police said they had received reports that the woman had jumped from the bridge at 4.24am on Friday, over the motorway at Great Barr.

Traffic police closed the M6 in both directions.

A police spokesman said: "Officers and colleagues from the ambulance service attended and the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

"All southbound lanes have now reopened. However, the motorway remains closed northbound between junctions seven and eight."