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Take care if you are heading home as the more rural routes are treacherous as this image shows.
Car overturns in Holmfirth
A car has overturned and landed on its roof on the A635 Greenfield Road.
We’re just checking the details with police and hope no-one is seriously injured.
Inquest opens into Aldi mum's tragedy
An inquest into the death of a mum who was stabbed while working at Aldi in Skipton has been opened and adjourned.
Supermarket worker Jodie Willsher died at the scene of the attack on December 21st in Keighley Road.
Neville Hord, 44, has been charged with her murder and is believed to be the ex-partner of the victim’s mum, Nikki Dinsdal.
M62 crash update
Vehicles involved in a collision on the M62 at Chain Bar Westbound have now been moved to the hard shoulder.
Traffic is reported to be congested but all lanes have now re-opened.
Two lanes are closed and there is slow traffic due to accident on M62 Westbound between J26 M606 / A58 Whitehall Road / A638 Bradford Road (Chain Bar) and J25 A644 (Brighouse).
Crash blocks road in New Mill
We have just heard a report of a RTC on Sude Hill, New Mill area of Holmfirth, The vehicle is blocking the road.
Lorry driver asleep at wheel on M62
A lorry driver fell asleep at the wheel before driving nearly a mile the wrong way along a busy motorway on the M62, a court heard.
After veering across two lanes of the M62 near St Helens, Michael Hughes, of Stoke-on-Trent, smashed though the central reservation.
After waking up, he continued to drive against oncoming traffic before turning off at the next junction, the Liverpool Echo reported.
At Liverpool Crown Court, the 63-year-old was jailed for nine months.
He was also banned from driving for four years and four months.
Fenay Bridge crash update
We reported earlier a car had gone into a skip in Fenay Bridge.
I’ve just spoken to fire crews who attended and the driver was taken to HRI with injuries to his hand.
The incident happened at around 9.30am and was in Penistone Road at the junction with Dogley Villa Court.
Huddersfield Watch Commander Richard Carr said: “When we arrived the driver had managed to release himself from the vehicle which had struck the skip front on.
“The driver had suffered injuries to his hand.
“It must have hit the skip with some force.”
Update on the Hopton crash
The police have updated us on the Hopton Lane crash. A car has collided with a dry stone wall.
It happened at around 1.40pm and only the one car was involved.
Police were on the scene and no-one has been injured.
It’s not known if the crash was caused by the bad weather.
Road traffic collision in Hopton, near Mirfield
We’re hearing reports of accident on Hopton Lane near Jackroyd Lane near to the Travellers Rest.
Best avoid the area if you can as traffic will be disrupted.
I’ll check with police on the situation now.
Scammonden Bridge update
Police have confirmed a man’s death is not suspicious after he died at Scammonden Bridge.
The tragedy unfolded on Sunday morning and caused the M62 to be closed between Junction 23 (Outlane) and Junction 22 (Rishworth Moor).
A file will be prepared for the Coroner’s office.
The identity of the deceased man has not been released at this stage.
Tips for motorists in wintry condition
As the Met Office issues a yellow alert for snow and ice for the UK, breakdown provider Green Flag has predicted over 121,000 breakdowns will occur on Britain’s roads this week, as the difficult weather conditions take hold.
In response to the adverse weather conditions, Green Flag has issued a set of tips for drivers to help them to stay safe in snowy and icy conditions on the roads this week.
Simon Henrick, Head of News at Green Flag, commented: “After a variable and relatively mild winter period, the changing weather conditions may take some drivers by surprise this week, so it’s important that drivers do all they can to stay safe in the more challenging conditions.
“By thoroughly checking their cars before leaving home, approaching the roads with caution and keeping plenty of distance between cars drivers will decrease the risk of encountering a problem while on the roads this week.”
Winter Driving Tips
- Check your speed and use gentle driver inputs - even if the roads have been gritted they’re likely to be slippery.
- Give more warning than usual to other drivers - when turning, stopping or changing lane.
- Keep plenty of distance between cars - you never know when you’ll hit an icy patch. If you pass the same landmarks as the car in front of you within three seconds, you’re following too closely.
- Check whether your car has ABS anti-lock brakes. In the unlikely event that it doesn’t, pump the brake pedal slowly to prevent the wheels locking up and skidding.
- Be extra-wary of black ice. It’s an invisible danger that can catch out even the most careful driver.
- Approach corners at a steady speed, in as low a gear as possible. Don’t touch the clutch unless it’s absolutely necessary, steer smoothly and avoid braking on bends.
- Make sure all passengers are wearing seat belts.
- Ensure you’re familiar with your car’s ventilation system to prevent windows from steaming up. Air conditioning will keep windows free from mist and condensation.
Our office in Bradley is now in the midst of a snow blizzard!
Take care if you’re heading out on the roads.
We’ll keep an eye on things and up date you of anything that will affect your journeys
And this was the scene on the M62 this morning!
Person trapped in skip crash in Fenay Bridge
A person became trapped after their car was in collision with a skip in Fenay Bridge.
Huddersfield Fire crews were called at 9.30am the scene off Dogley Lane and assisted paramedics in recovering the trapped person.
We’ll update you more on this as emergency services fill us in.
Is the snow coming again?
If you’ve seen the sprinklings of snow this morning you’ll be wanting to know what’s in store for us.
Well, forecasters predict scattered sleet or snow showers interspersed with sunny spells. Showers will be most frequent in the west, giving accumulations for some, especially over western hills. They say it will be cold with the strong westerly wind giving a significant wind chill.
Maximum temperature a chilly but not teeth-chattering 4 °C.
Police confirm injuries
Police have confirmed one person has been injured and it’s not believed to be serious.
Kirklees Clr Gemma Wilson witnessed the aftermath.
She said: “I called it in as it had just happened when I got there. I saw four or five vehicles damaged.
“I could see an ambulance and one person on a stretcher. I’m not sure if they were seriously injured or not.
“It’s a bad junction there at the lights. I have meetings near by and I know it well and it’s always a nightmare.”
Witnesses say two injured
Witnesses at the crash on Bradford Road say a mum and a child were injured in the crash at Fartown traffic lights.
Police are yet to update us on any injuries but said earlier it is not believed to be a serious.
The cars involved in the crash are now being recovered. A Nissan Qashqai and a Mercedes appear to be the most seriously damaged vehicles.
Bradford road crash latest
Our reporter Andrew Robinson has captured this video from the incident in Bradford Road.
Police say those involved are not believed to be seriously injured.
Bradford Road crash
Witnesses captured the aftermath of the road traffic collision in Bradford Road. We’ve heard it is believed no-one was seriously injured.
Bradford Road crash
Police have confirmed no-one is believed to be seriously injured in the crash at Fartown lights which happened at around 8.30pm.
Traffic is congested and police are diverting traffic.
Be aware there has been an RTC on Bradford Road/Fartown Green Road in Huddersfield. It is causing obstruction to the traffic so please allow extra time and/or find an alternative route. Our log 271 relates.
— WYP Contact Centre (@WYP_CCC) January 16, 2018
Five car crash in Bradford Road
Five cars have been involved in a crash on Bradford Road this morning.
The crash is blocking Fartown lights and the road is blocked towards Brighouse.
We’ll update you more shortly.
Broken down vehicle causing problems near Ainley Top junction
Lucky escape in fire
A couple and their friend had a lucky escape after a dehumidifier caught fire in their flat in Longwood.
Fire crews from Huddersfield were called at 1am this morning to the ground floor flat in Longwood Gate.
The occupants of the burning flat had managed to get out safely and other residents in the three-storey building were alerted to evacuate by smoke alarms.
When two firefighters tackled inside the blaze wearing breathing appartus they found the fire had started in the bedroom.
Huddersfield Watch Commander Jimmy Fitt said:”A small fire started in the bedroom from a faulty dehumidifier.
“One of the occupants tried to tackle it with water but couldn’t and they got out and phoned 999.
“The flat was smoke logged but the fire damage contained to the bedroom.”
Flat fire started by dehumidifier
We’ve just spoken to the fire brigade and they have given us details of an overnight flat fire caused by dehumidifier.
Tragic front page
Tragic story on the front of today’s Examiner about a mum-of-eight who has died suddenly
Reports of heavy traffic on M62 Eastbound at junction 24 near Ainley Top.
One lane closed on M1 at junction 42 and junction 41 due to broken down car.
Hour by hour snow guide
The Weather Channel are predicting wintry showers for Huddersfield today. They say there will be cloud with snow showers this morning and then it will snow from between 2pm and 6pm. The Met Office are also predicting heavy snow from 1pm. They have issued weather warnings for the next three days.