UPDATE: Family of great-grandfather who died helping man in bridge fall incident on the M1 pay tribute to a ‘loving, funny and generous person’

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The family of Spencer Bell, who died rushing to the aid of a man who fell from a bridge over the M1 near Watford yesterday morning, have released an emotional tribute.

In a statement released by police, 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.”

Mr Bell, who lived in Bushey, was one of several motorists who stopped to assist a man who had fallen from Bucknalls over bridge between Junction 5 and Junction 6 of the M1 at 10.45am.

Tragically, during his act of kindness, the 71-year-old was hit by another vehicle. Officers confirmed both men died at the scene.

The northbound carriageway was closed for several hours while Herts Police carried out investigations.

The motorway was reopened but the incident caused delays throughout the area.

Officers are appealing to anyone who saw what happened or has any information about events prior to the bridge fall incident to contact PC Helen Carpenter via the police non-emergency number 101, quoting reference ISR 176 of January 30.