A woman has been badly hurt in a serious smash in Huddersfield town centre.
She suffered severe multiple injuries in the two car crash on Huddersfield ring road which shut the road for several hours early today.
Her Vauxhall Corsa was in collision with a Vauxhall Zafira taxi at the junction of Castlegate and the top of Chapel Hill shortly after 4am.
Huddersfield fire station is just 100 yards away and firefighters were quickly on the scene.
Paramedics worked for around 45 minutes to stabilise her condition in the mangled wreckage before they allowed firefighters to dismantle the vehicle by cutting its roof off to get her out.
The driver is believed to have suffered serious leg and arm injuries along with suspected internal injuries and was taken to Leeds General Infirmary by road ambulance for specialist emergency treatment.
Watch Commander Andy Wooler from Huddersfield Fire Station said: “It was a severe impact at the traffic lights and her condition was so serious she was given morphine at the scene. The taxi driver was badly shocked and was checked over by paramedics but wasn’t hurt.”
The woman is thought to be aged around 40.
The road was closed until shortly before 8am while police accident investigation experts worked at the scene to gather evidence.
Kirklees highways staff were also called out to put down sand where the cars had leaked fuel and oil.