TWO men died and a third was badly hurt in a crash that closed the M62 for nine hours.
Tuesday morning rush-hour traffic came to a standstill after a heavy goods vehicle smashed through the central reservation into a van and mobile crane.
The lorry was travelling eastbound between Gildersome and Tingley.
The van and mobile crane were travelling west at 6.30am.
The tractor unit of the lorry separated from its trailer on impact.
The driver and front-seat passenger of the van died instantly. The lorry driver was badly hurt.
Other vehicles were involved in the accident and several people suffered minor injuries.
They were taken to Leeds General Infirmary.
Traffic queued for miles as the motorway was closed in both directions while the central barrier was repaired and police carried out investigations.
Police warned drivers to avoid the motorway for the rest of the day.
Those on the M62 were eventually diverted on to the M1 north and M621 westbound.
Traffic was not expected to get back to normal until after 6pm on Tuesday.
In a separate incident, police are investigating how a man fell from a bridge on to the motorway’s westbound carriageway near Castleford at 4.40am on Tuesday.
The man was taken to Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield.
Category: Accident Report