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Driver trapped in M-way crash

EMERGENCY services battled to free a driver after a crash on the M62 today.

EMERGENCY services battled to free a driver after a crash on the M62 today.

The driver was badly trapped by his legs after his lorry cab was left badly smashed when it hit the back of another lorry at 8.30am.

The crash happened on the eastbound carriageway, just before the exit slip road at Ainley Top.

Huddersfield fire station officer Jed Ray said: "The cab had been crushed in by the impact, leaving the driver badly trapped.

"Paramedics tended to him while we secured chains to the front of the cab, and then used specialist hydraulic gear to slowly pull the wrecked cab out.

"We then cut the wreckage away from the driver, who was conscious throughout and talking to us."

Station Officer Ray said: "The rescue operation took about an hour. The driver appeared to have had a very lucky escape.

"He could feel all his limbs and wriggle his toes, so we hope he may well have escaped without suffering any broken bones."

The Yorkshire air ambulance landed on the slip road and the driver was flown to St James's Hospital in Leeds.

The crash caused tailbacks stretching back several miles.

Fire crews were called from Elland, Huddersfield and Greater Manchester, with specialist rescue equipment being brought from Cleckheaton.


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