FIVE men were hurt in a rush-hour motorway crash which caused a seven-mile tailback.

Thousands of drivers faced 50-minute delays after a white Mercedes Sprinter minibus overturned on the M62 around 4pm yesterday.

Fire crews from Batley, Rothwell and Morley raced to the scene of the accident on the eastbound carriageway between Junction 27 at Gildersome and Junction 28 at Tingley.

Rothwell Fire Station watch commander Lee Stone told the Examiner: “When we arrived the minibus was on its side and facing the oncoming traffic.

“One gentleman in his early 30s was trapped in the passenger seat of the vehicle. Paramedics put a collar on him to protect him from any further injuries.

“It took us about 15 minutes to cut off part of the roof and extricate him on a longboard.”

The man and four others who escaped from the minibus were taken to Leeds General Infirmary. None of them are believed to have life-threatening injuries.

The crash caused severe delays for rush-hour drivers heading from Huddersfield to Leeds.

Tailbacks stretched seven miles to Junction 26 at Brighouse.