THOUSANDS of Huddersfield motorists were caught up in traffic chaos for hours after a road accident early today.
The gridlock - which also badly affected bus services - happened after a skip lorry lost its skip and overturned at Cooper Bridge.
The skip had come loose and totally blocked Wakefield Road, outside the Corn Mill pub.
The road is the main route from Junction 25 of the M62 into Dewsbury and Huddersfield.
Police sealed off the road. Alternative routes quickly became snarled up for several miles in all directions.
Huge queues formed on main roads, such as Leeds Road and Bradford Road, as they ground to a virtual halt.
The accident happened at 7.15am, when the lorry was being driven on Wakefield Road towards Cooper Bridged.
It lost its skip just after a right- hand bend and overturned.
A police spokeswoman said: "The lorry overturned, demolished a wall and hit a car. No-one was hurt, but it has caused big problems on the roads."
A spokesman for Brighouse firefighters said: "We were called to the scene and when we arrived it looked horrendous.
"Fortunately, no-one was hurt or trapped - so there was nothing to do.
"It was a huge skip which totally blocked the road. It was so big it was impossible to see past it."
By 9.30am, queues of cars, buses and lorries stretched back several miles from the accident site.
Roads particularly badly hit were the A614 Bradford Road from Bradley Bar down to Brighouse, the A62 Leeds Road, the A6107 Bradley Road and the A644 in Brighouse.
An AA Roadwatch spokesman said: "We got the first call about the incident about 7.30am, then received many more calls.
"Some of those were from our own patrols, which became snarled up in the queues.
"It has certainly meant that many roads in and out of Huddersfield and Brighouse have been severely congested for several hours."
On the M62, traffic was reduced to a crawl in both directions between Junction 24 at Ainley Top and Junction 27 at Gildersome.
The accident badly hit bus services across many areas.
Metro had to divert services 278 and 279 between Wakefield and Halifax via Bradley and Brighouse.
And there were serious delays to buses using Leeds Road including services 201, 202, 203, 217, 218, 219, 220, 221 and 229.
Delays even spread as far as the Gildersome interchange, affecting services in and out of Leeds.
Graham Riley, business director for First in Huddersfield, said: "It had a tremendous impact.
"All our services are built on predicted traffic flows. so a road closure hits many of them.
"It will have hit people in other areas of the town, as buses are held up longer on journeys and drivers are very late getting the breaks they need to take."