A MAN died following a fatal incident on the motorway on Tuesday.

Emergency services were called to junction 38 of the M1 following concerns about the safety of a man on the motorway bridge.

The motorway was closed in both directions at just after 11am, causing traffic to divert through Barnsley via Huddersfield Road.

An air ambulance was called to the scene on the southbound carriageway and reopened at 11.44am.

The northbound carriageway reopened at 2.39pm, however the hard shoulder remained closed for the afternoon while initial investigations took place.