A mother and her baby who became trapped in her burning car when it crashed head-on at Scapegoat Hill this morning were rescued by passing motorists whose prompt actions saved their lives, fire crews have told.
Other motorists - who had been on their way to a wedding - also stopped at the road side and rushed to give vital first-aid.
The rescuers had then used a fire extinguisher to quickly douse the fire and disconnect the cars battery to prevent sparks.
The mother and her 10-month-old baby were flown by Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Greater Manchester Air Ambulance to Leeds General Infirmary.
The crash happened at Round Ings Road at 11.35am when a Vauxhall Corsa and BMW crashed.
Elland Fire Station Watch Commander Stephen Bates said their prompt actions 'saved the child and young mothers lives'.
Mr Bates, said: "I cannot praise highly enough the prompt actions of those who stopped to help this young mother and her baby which saved the mother and child's lives.
"A fire had started in the engine and the woman driver was trapped having suffered serious leg injuries. Her baby had also suffered facial and minor head injuries.
"Those who stopped to help managed to get her, and her baby, to safety where they were cared for by another group of people - who had been on their way to a wedding.
"The rescuers then went back and put out the fire.
"They used their own fire extinguisher to put it out and disconnected the battery to prevent sparks.
"The group who gave first aid also did a fantastic job and were not the least bit concerned for their smart wedding clothing and gave incredible support to the woman and the fellow motorist."
A police spokesman said: "We were called at 11.35am on Saturday to reports of two vehicle road traffic collision on Round Ings Road involving a BMW and a Corsa.
"A 25-year-old woman driver of the Corsa suffered serious leg injuries and was flown by the air ambulance to LGI. Her 10-month-old child was also flown to LGI with facial injuries.
"A 24-year-old man was also injured and taken to HRI with minor injuries.
"Enquires are ongoing to establish the cause of the collision.
"Anyone with information should contact police on 101."
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