A pensioner died and another man was seriously injured after a head-on smash on a main Huddersfield road.

The crash happened in Lindley Moor Road, near the junction with Old Lindley Road, at 10am on Thursday.

An 80-year-old man in a grey-green Renault Megane estate suffered serious injuries in the collision with a blue Ford Focus.

The Megane driver was taken to hospital but later died.

The 56-year-old Focus driver was taken to hospital with serious injuries although they are not thought to be life-threatening.

It is believed one vehicle was attempting to turn onto Old Lindley Road when it was struck by the other vehicle travelling down Lindley Moor Road.

Lindley Moor Road was closed from Haigh House Hill to Old Lindley Road from 10am until 4.30pm while crash scene investigators examined the scene.

Trevor Simpkins, landlord of the Wappy Spring pub next to where the accident happened, said he had contacted Kirklees Council about enforcing speed limits on the road.

Mr Simpkins said: “They’ve reduced the speed limit to 40mph – it used to be 50mph years ago – but they don’t enforce it.

“Unfortunately, with the speeds of vehicles on this road it was just a matter of time.

“A long time ago I spoke to the council and said that they had to do something to reduce the speed limit and enforce it. They said there had to be fatalities to have speed cameras.”

Police have launched an appeal for witnesses.

Fatal accident Lindley Moor Road

Det Sgt Mat Tunney, of the Major Collision and Enquiry Team (MCET), said: “I would appeal to anyone who was driving around the area near to Lindley Moor Road and may have seen either of the vehicles prior to the incident, or anyone who witnesses the collision itself, to come forward.

“Enquiries are ongoing to determine the full circumstances of what took place.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact MCET via 101, quoting 458 of July 7.