The driver of a car transporter who collapsed at the wheel on the M62 has been named on social media as former soldier Colin ‘Korky’ Evans.
Mr Evans, 68, believed to be from Hemsworth, was driving a transporter which jack-knifed on the Manchester-bound carriageway near Scammonden Dam on Monday.
Emergency services attended the scene and the driver was taken to hospital by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
The motorway was closed in both directions for a time and remained shut westbound between 12.30pm when the accident happened, to after 6pm.
Motorists had to be taken off the motorway and many drivers spent hours in bumper to bumper queues. Surrounding roads in and around Huddersfield were also congested until late into the evening.
Mr Evans was named as the driver by his former regimental association. His death was announced on The Rifles Office Yorkshire and the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Rifles Regimental Association page on Facebook.
The post reads: “It is with great sadness and shock that I announce that Colin ‘Korky’ Evans died on Monday 22 February 2016 while driving on the M62.
“The thoughts and condolences of all members of the association, especially those who served with him, are with Betty and all Korky’s family and friends.
“RIP Korky from us all.”
M62 standstill after tragic accident (Video: Twitter/@LesleyBarlow)
Mr Evans’ daughter Sarah Davies posted a poignant reply which says: “I wish it was just a bad dream. My dad never got to see his granddaughter. She’s due in July.
“I’ll make sure she will know everything about her granddad.”
Russell Snood also paid tribute on Facebook and said: “You’ll be missed by lots of folk, Korky mate. You were always the first to comment or like pictures of my lad. A great loss. I’ll be there to say goodbye to an ex-KOYLI and a good bloke.”
Mark Sykes added: “Passed the spot this morning where he had his accident and as a fellow trucker and former light infantryman gave a nod of respect as I passed. RIP fella.”