Crash, bang, wallop! Drivers in week of crash hell

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  • A week of crash chaos on Calderdale’s roads sees:

Drivers faced a week of crash hell and congestion on Calderdale’s roads this week.

Three serious accidents caused chaos on the borough’s roads and there was bedlam on the M62 following a string of incidents - one which closed a stretch of the motorway for two hours.

On Sunday, a police officer escaped with his life after an early morning crash at King Cross.

A British Transport Police car collided with a taxi on Skircoat Moor Road, before smashing into a set of traffic lights.

The impact left the vehicle wrapped around the post and shards of broken windscreen strewn across the busy junction.

The driver had to be cut free by fire crews and was taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, where he was treated for minor injuries and later discharged. Police are investigating the cause of the crash.

Car on its roof near Broad Street Plaza. Picture by Homer Coulton

Car on its roof near Broad Street Plaza. Picture by Homer Coulton

On Monday afternoon, a car flipped on to its roof and a road closure was put in place after a two-vehicle crash in Sowerby Bridge. Emergency services were called to the scene in Station Road at around 4pm after a black Golf and a red Vauxhall Corsa collided.

Those in the Golf, which flipped on to its roof, were able to free themselves.

Then on Monday evening, a 23-year-old woman was left with serious injuries and had to cut out of her car by firefighters after a crash in Gibbet Street.

She was taken to Leeds General Infirmaryn after being freed by crews.

The woman had been driving a white Suzuki Swift when it collided with a black Kia Sedona, the occupants of the other vehicle managed to get out of their car and were taken to Calderdale Royal Hospital. At the scene, a 16-year-old male breached the police cordon and assaulted a police officer. He was later arrested and charged.

And on Tuesday night, a crash between a lorry and van caused three lanes of the M62 to close between junction 24 (Ainley Top) and junction 25 (Brighouse).

Commuters faced long queues and delays while emergency services worked at the scene. West Yorkshire Police confirmed that nobody was injured in the incident.

It followed an earlier crash near Rothwell, Leeds, where a mother and her six-month-old daughter had a lucky escape after their car was squashed against an M62 concrete reservation by an articulated lorry.

They both escaped without serious injuries.

Traffic ground to a halt in Halifax town centre yesterday, after white VW Golf flipped on to its roof following a crash with another vehicle near Broad Street Plaza.

A 29-year-old woman and her six-year-old son were in the car at the time - the woman was treated for a cut to her hand and both received treatment for shock.