A FIRE officer who had to be cut free from his wrecked car after a crash while on his way to a 999 call has broken his pelvis.
Now police have appealed for witnesses to the smash at a junction close to Huddersfield town centre.
The officer in his 40s was responding to reports of a serious flat fire in Primrose Hill when his Volvo estate – with blue lights and fire markings – was in collision with another car at traffic lights in Aspley at 6.15am yesterday.
The smash at the junction of Wakefield Road and Firth Street also involved a Vauxhall Astra.
The Volvo was travelling from St Andrew’s Road towards Firth Street and the Astra was being driven on Wakefield Road away from the Shore Head roundabout.
The officer was trapped by the buckled doors and the roof was removed so he could be gently lifted onto a board used for suspected spinal or neck injuries.
The rescue operation took around 45 minutes and caused huge hold-ups to traffic heading into Huddersfield along Wakefield Road.
The other driver was unhurt.
No-one was hurt in the flat fire on Greenwood Street in Primrose Hill.
Anyone who saw the crash should call Pc Mark Claxton at Huddersfield traffic police on 01484 436847.