A FIRE chief today hit out at "sick" drivers who took pictures of a motorway crash.
Motorists used their mobile phones to grab pictures of badly-injured people being cut from the wreckage in the M62 pile-up at Ainley Top.
And they have been branded as "despicable" by Brighouse fire officer Wayne Fawcett.
Watch manager Mr Fawcett spoke out this morning after leading rescuers at the eight-vehicle crash on the busy motorway at Ainley Top.
Two men had to be cut from the wreckage of their mangled vehicles and eight people were injured in the pile-up just after 6pm.
"It is despicable that there were people in the outside lane slowing down to take photographs with their mobile phones of people trapped and injured and blowing their horns as we struggled to free them," said Mr Fawcett.
"We live in a very sick world when people do things like this."
And he said the actions of the motorists nearly caused a second pile-up in the outside lane of the motorway.
A Porsche Carrera, a blue VW Golf, a white Vauxhall Corsa, a silver VW Golf, a green Renault Clio, a Land Rover with a rear trailer, a maroon Toyota Carina and a heavy goods vehicle with a 3.5 tonne trailer were all involved in the pile-up during the busy teatime traffic.
The men who were cut free from their vehicles were a 35-year-old Huddersfield man and a 51-year-old man from Lincolnshire.
Both were taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary with serious injuries.
Eight people were also taken to hospital classed as "walking wounded."
Fire crews from Brighouse, Huddersfield, Elland and Cleckheaton worked at the accident site.
The incident led to the closure of the motorway initially, although the outside lane was re-opened soon afterwards.
Witnesses have been asked to contact police on 01924 294942.