POLICE are continuing to appeal for witnesses to the collision on the M62 yesterday morning that resulted in the death of two men.
At 6:30am a Ford Iveco HGV travelling eastbound, left the carriageway between junction 27 and 28, passing through the central reservation onto the westbound carriageway and into oncoming traffic.
Six vehicles were involved in the collision that followed, including the Ford Iveco HGV, a Ford Iveco Daily, a Fiat Ducato, a Mobile Crane, a Fiat Scudo and a Subaru Imprezza.
As a result, the 56 year old driver and front seat passenger of the Fiat Ducato died at the scene.
A 50-year old man from Halifax, who was the driver of the Ford Iveco HGV, was taken to LGI with serious injuries. He is currently still in a critical condition.
The two rear seat passengers from the Fiat Ducato - two men from Leeds were taken to LGI with serious injuries. They are currently in a stable condition.
The M62 was closed until around 8pm last night and was not fully reopened by the Highways Agency until 7am this morning.
Inspector Tim Dale of West Yorkshire Police's Motorway Unit said: "This was a terrible incident that led to the deaths of two men and left three more with serious injuries."
"It also caused enormous disruption to the thousands of people who were on the M62 at the time. We worked with the Highways Agency throughout the day to minimise disruption as much as possible, but in tragic situations such as these the preservation of the scene of the collsion must be our main concern and we hope that people understand that."
"Enquiries into the cause of the collision are ongoing and we are still appealing for witnesses to contact us, particularly anyone who noticed the movements of the HGV prior to the incident."
Anyone with any information can contact the Motorway Unit on 01924 292 915.