A MAN died when his car crashed off the M62 and careered down a banking.
The Rover 400 was being driven towards Leeds when it smashed through a crash barrier on the bridge embankment at Junction 25 at Clifton, near Brighouse, just after 9pm last night.
It rolled down the wooded banking, smashing through several trees.
The first firefighters on the scene were from Elland. They used rope to tie the mangled wreckage to trees, to stop it sliding further down.
Paramedics then went into the debris.
The dead man is in his late 30s and is thought to live in Greater Manchester.
Station Officer David Rawnsley, of Huddersfield fire station, said: "The car ended up back on its wheels, but was severely crushed. It took quite some time to cut the driver out."
Sub-Officer Phil Davidson, of Elland, said:
"There was a big search and the police helicopter's thermal imaging camera looked for anyone who may have been in the car and was thrown out or had wandered off injured."