A man has died and two others were injured in a crash in Batley last night.

The collision happened at around 10pm when the driver of a Nissan Micra appears to have lost control and ploughed into a tree at the junction of Victoria Avenue and Taylor Street, close to the Fox's Biscuits factory.

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Three men inside the car were instantly trapped by the impact of the tree which struck the passengers side door.

Fire crews from Batley and Dewsbury attended and assisted paramedics and police who were already on the scene.

One of men was pronounced dead at the scene.

Map view of accident site in Batley
Map view of accident site in Batley

Two other casualties were taken to hospital. It is believed one of them suffered serious injuries.

Police closed the road for several hours and an investigation is now underway to establish the cause of the crash.

Watch Commander Anthony Wood of Dewsbury Fire Station said: "It appears the driver has lost control, for whatever reason, and his vehicle, a Nissan Micra, has gone into a tree. No other cars were involved.

"Three people were in the Nissan.

"Two of them were taken to hospital.

The scene of the accident on Victoria Avenue
The scene of the accident on Victoria Avenue
 

"Sadly a third man was pronounced dead at the scene.

"We assisted paramedics who were on the scene on our arrival and removed the roof from the vehicle.

"We also removed a number of doors to allow access to the casualties before they were stable to be moved to the ambulances."

Anyone who witnessed the incident should contact Major Collision Enquiry Team on 101.