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Man airlifted to hospital after M62 smash near Scammonden

Police say man's injuries not thought to be life-threatening

A driver was airlifted to hospital after a smash on the M62 near Scammonden Dam on Friday.

Emergency services were called to the westbound carriageway at around 1.25pm after an MG ZR car and a Scania HGV were in collision.

Both vehicles were moved onto the hard shoulder by the time police arrived.

Fire crews from Slaithwaite, Rastrick and Huddersfield attended. Firefighters removed doors and a central pillar to help paramedics get the driver out.

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance was called and both sides of the motorway were closed for the helicopter to land at around 2.30pm.

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The man, believed to be in his thirties, was taken to Leeds General Infirmary but West Yorkshire Police said his injuries were not thought to be life-threatening. It's thought he suffered neck and lower back injuries.

The eastbound carriageway was re-opened at 2.45pm and two lanes were re-opened westbound at 3pm.

Tailbacks as far as junction 25 at Brighouse built up.

Katrina Cliffe took this picture of an accident on the M62 at Scammonden Dam at about 2.15pm today.
Katrina Cliffe took this picture of an accident on the M62 at Scammonden Dam at about 2.15pm today.

The accident was close to the scene of a fatal smash last month where the driver of a car transporter collapsed behind the wheel.

Investigations shut the motorway for more than five hours.

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Even after the latest accident was cleared there were several other incidents which caused long tailbacks deep into rush hour.

Traffic queued back as far as junction 28 at Tingley. A broken down lorry caused one lane to be closed and a rolling roadblock was needed to get it off the motorway.


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