A TERRIFIED lorry driver managed to escape from the mangled wreckage of his crushed cab, despite having broken both legs and wrists.
The driver suffered the multiple fractures when his articulated lorry loaded with steel hit the back of a crane.
The accident happened on the westbound carriageway of the M62 just after Scammonden but before the Ripponden turn-off at 7.30pm last night.
Leading firefighter Brian Rhodes, of Huddersfield fire station, said: "The driver was badly hurt but diesel was gushing from his fuel tank and he was terrified his lorry would catch fire.
"He somehow managed to clamber through the shattered windscreen, despite his injuries.
"The engine had been pushed right back into the cab and the lorry was very badly damaged."
The driver - who is thought to come from the Sheffield area - was taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
An ambulance service spokes- woman said: "One ambulance was called to the scene and took the driver to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary with fractures to both wrists and his lower legs."
Firefighters managed to stem the fuel and disconnected the lorry's electrics before a specialist rescue team from the Highways Agency arrived to clear the spilled diesel.