THREE Huddersfield people have been killed in a motorway crash in Kent.
The three – one woman and two men – died on the trip back from a skiing holiday.
None have so far been named by Kent Police because one of the victims has yet to be identified.
But one is thought to be a mum of three teenage daughters from the Colne Valley.
Two women also travelling in the car were hurt, but their injuries are not life threatening.
The five were in a Ford Focus hatchback that careered off the London-bound carriageway between junctions one and two of the M20, close to its junction with the M25.
The car ended up in a field with the passengers trapped inside.
The tragedy happened at 4.50am on Saturday morning and the crash scene is next to a small village called West Kingsdown and close to London Golf Club.
A spokeswoman for Kent Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “One of the people who died has not yet been identified so we will not be releasing their names in the near future. No other vehicle was involved in the incident.
“The two women who survived are in hospital with injuries which are not life-threatening.’’
It is understood the five were in a party of 10 from the Huddersfield area in two cars.
They are thought to have sailed back to Dover from Calais after a skiing trip in Europe.
A Kent Fire And Rescue Service spokesman said: “The car was found in a field a few hundred yards from the road. Fire crews from Dartford and Larkfield cut the casualties free.’’
A firefighter said ski equipment was scattered in the field.
The London-bound carriageway was closed between junction 3 – the M26 junction – and junction 1 – the M25 junction at Swanley – for about five hours causing long tailbacks. It re-opened at 10.15am after police accident investigation experts had finished working at the scene.
Police are appealing for witnesses to call their Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 01622 798538.