Commuters faced a miserable afternoon on the M62 today.

Up to nine miles of queues stymied the progress of those keen to get home after a week at work following an accident at the start of the busy evening commute.

The delays were created by a crash eastbound between junction 25 Bradley and junction 26 at Chain Bar at around 4pm which closed three lanes of the motorway.

Daniel Jennings of Brighouse Fire Station said: “We got the call at 4.27pm to attend an incident near Hartshead Moor Services at Junction 26

“Ourselves and Cleckheaton were called out and we turned up there first. There was a Volkswagen Golf, a Jeep and this man trapped in a Fiat Punto so we concentrated on freeing him.

"We cut the top off the roof and brought him out on a spinal board.

“He was talkative and coherent and was taken by ambulance to hospital.

"He wasn’t badly injured and had been on his way home from his student digs.

“The Highways Agency cleared up the debris and the police are investigating the cause of the accident.”

Another fire fighter from Cleckheaton added: “The young man was conscious and breathing.

“We carried out a roof removal and created some space while the Highways Agency closed lanes for safety.

At 7pm a Highways Agency spokeswoman said: "There have been tailbacks to junction 22, which is around an hour's delay and equates to about nine miles of queueing.

"Fortunately, now it has cleared the queues will disappear rapidly."

See how we reported the incident as it happened below.

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