A SMASH on a rural road left a middle-aged couple badly hurt.
Blinding sun is thought to have caused the crash when their dark green Ford Escort estate slammed into the back of a parked 32-tonne lorry in Kirkburton.
The Yorkshire Air Ambulance was called in after the accident on Paddock Road at 10.30am yesterday.
The car was badly damaged and the couple remained inside until emergency services had arrived.
These included the community paramedic from Skelmanthorpe, a doctor, a road ambulance and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance which landed in a nearby field.
Firefighter Richard Taylor from Skelmanthorpe fire station said: "It was predominantly a side impact which badly damaged the passenger side of the car."
It is thought the driver swerved at the last moment when he spotted the back of the lorry.
Crew manager Nick Alderson added: "The driver was in a lot of pain, but neither the man nor his wife were trapped by the wreckage."
Firefighters cut the roof off the car so the couple could be eased out on to spinal protection boards.
Both were taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, the man by air ambulance and the woman by road.
The man had head and pelvic injuries and the woman suffered shoulder and chest injuries.
Neither are in a life-threatening condition.
* A motorcyclist was flung from his high-powered bike which then flew over a wall into a field.
The crash involving the green 1200cc Kawasaki happened on Blackmoorfoot Road, Crosland Hill, close to the observatory shortly before 1pm yesterday.
The bike somehow shot over a dry stone wall without hitting it.
The rider, a 42-year-old man from Slaithwaite, was discovered lying on the verge waving for help to passing motorists.
He had suffered a broken leg.