Several vehicles were involved in accidents on the M62 last night between J22 Rishworth and J23 Outlane.
Accidents on both sides of the motorway are believed to have been caused by drivers trying to avoid debris after a mobile crane lost its wheel on the eastbound section.
Several fire crews were mobilised to deal with the incidents around 9 pm and the M62 was closed for a while.
An Elland crew were among firefighters tackling the incident on the eastbound section where two cars had overturned.
Crew Commander Ian Harrop said a female driver, aged 66, suffered a broken wrist and cuts and bruises when her hatchback flipped onto its roof and crashed into a barrier.
She managed to get out and was being supported by other motorists on the hard shoulder when crews arrived.
Two men, aged 61 and 38, walked away with lacerations after their car flipped over and righted itself 100 metres away.
All three casualties were taken to hospital for check-ups.
“They were lucky really. These were severe impacts and they walked away which is a testament to new cars,” said Crew Commander Harrop.
Three cars were also involved in accidents on the westbound section around the same time.
By 9.42 pm the M62 was partially opened and by 11.15 pm fully opened.