Husband's heartbreak after wife dies falling from M6 bridge near Preston

Mandy Holmes sadly died after falling from a bridge over the M6 at Barnacre, near Preston on Tuesday, April 23Mandy Holmes sadly died after falling from a bridge over the M6 at Barnacre, near Preston on Tuesday, April 23
Mandy Holmes sadly died after falling from a bridge over the M6 at Barnacre, near Preston on Tuesday, April 23 | Bob Holmes
A husband is devastated after his wife fell to her death from a motorway bridge

A heartbroken husband has been “overwhelmed with grief” after his wife tragically died falling from a motorway.

Mum Mandy Holmes, 50, from Garstang, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene on the motorway at Barnacre, near Preston where she fell to her death at 3.25pm last Tuesday (April 23), our sister title LEP reports.

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Family friend Tracy Davies has launched a JustGiving page to help support Mandy’s husband Bob and their 12-year-old daughter with funeral expenses.

Tracy said: “Just a few months ago Bob buried both of his parents and now he faces another devastating blow. His beloved wife Mandy has tragically taken her own life, leaving Bob heartbroken and struggling to afford her funeral.

“Bob's grief is overwhelming. Losing his parents was already a heavy burden and now he must navigate the painful process of saying goodbye to his wife, all while grappling with financial strain and supporting his 12-year-old daughter Jessica.

“As friends, family, and compassionate strangers, we have the chance to lighten the load during this dark time. Your donation, no matter the size, will directly contribute to covering the costs of Mandy's funeral, offering Bob some relief as he navigates this profound sorrow.

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“Let's stand together with Bob, showing him that he is not alone in his grief. Your kindness and generosity will make a meaningful difference in his journey towards healing.”

More than £2, 600 of the £3,000 target has been raised so far with 145 people making donations to support the family.

You can visit the JustGiving page here.

Police seek witnesses

Lancashire Police said Mandy’s death is not being treated as suspicious, but the force is eager to speak to anyone who witnessed her tragic fall.

No vehicle was involved in the incident, the force added. Anyone who can help or has dashcam footage from the area at the time is asked to get in touch with the force via 101, quoting log 0869 of April 23, 2024.

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“Our thoughts are very much with her family and loved ones at this distressing time,” added a police spokesperson.

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