Firefighters were called after a car hit a lamp-post in the early hours of today.
But mystery surrounds what happened to the people from the vehicle as they were missing by the time emergency services arrived.
The smash happened across the road from Tesco Express on Wakefield Road at 2.30am.
A fire crew from Huddersfield was called to assist police and paramedics already at the scene but the smashed vehicle, a dark blue Ford Focus, was empty.
Huddersfield Fire Station crew commander Shane Byrne said: “The driver must have lost control and hit the lamp post.
“All of the front end was completely caved in.
“It looks like it was travelling at speed. The force of the impact caused it to travel 40 or 50 yards down the road.”
Firefighters were called to assist at the scene as it was initially believed that there was smoke coming from the vehicle.
But this turned out to be steam coming from the engine and there was no fire.
Mr Byrne added that anyone involved in the crash may have been hurt due to the large amount of damage caused to the vehicle.
He said: “There was no blood or anything but there may have been someone hurt due to the damage caused to the windscreen. When we turned up there was no one there and the doors were open.
“There were paramedics and police but no-one stayed to be treated.”
Police are continuing their enquiries into the incident.