A WOMAN died and another is fighting for her life after a head-on collision between two cars on the outskirts of Leeds last night.
Four other people were injured. All six had to be cut free from the wreckage of the vehicles.
A man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
The collision happened at about a quarter to nine on the A656 near the A1 and close to the Peckfield roundabout outside Micklefield to the east of Leeds.
A Volkswagen Golf carrying two people was being driven from the direction of the A1 when it was in a head-on collision with a Ford Fiesta carrying four people which was being driven from the Peckfield roundabout towards the A1.
Firefighters from Garforth, Stanks and Castleford were called out. A fleet of ambulances also raced to the scene, and a doctor in an emergency car.
A woman passenger in the Ford Fiesta was killed. The woman driver of the Fiesta suffered serious injuries and is fighting for her life.
The driver of the Golf, a 40 years old man from London, has been arrested. His passenger was his 15 years old son who is in hospital suffering serious injuries.
All six victims were trapped. Fire crews cut the roof from each car in what they said was a “complex operation” to reach the dead and injured.
Watch Commander Ian McKelvie from Garforth said: “They were all still in the cars when we got there. There were three males and three females. It was roof removal of both cars.”
The Garforth crew tackled the the Fiesta while the crews from Stanks and Castleford dealt with the VW Golf.
Crew Commander Bob Wilson from Stanks said: “It was a complex extraction. It was a head-on collision. There were two people in the Golf and four in the Fiesta.”
Police said: “There was a two vehicle accident on the A656 just after Junction 47 of the A1 before Church Lane, involving a Volkswagen Golf and a Ford Fiesta.
“The Fiesta was travelling from Peckfield towards Garforth.
“A passenger in the Ford Fiesta, a 39 years old local woman, is deceased.
“The driver of the Ford Fiesta, a woman aged 43, was taken to Leeds General Infirmary with serious injuries.
“The male driver of the VW Golf, who has non-life-threatening injuries and is in Pinderfields Hospital, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.”
The accident happened at the same spot where three people were killed in a head-on collision less than three years ago. David Bell, 51, Stephen Thackwray, 57, and Brian Lewis, 55, died when the Ford Fiesta in which they were travelling, driven by Mr Bell, was hit head-on by a Citroen C4 being driven on the wrong side of the road by American Nathan Doud, 26.
The accident happened on July 30, 2008.
Doud, from California, was later convicted on three counts of causing death by dangerous driving.
He was later sentenced to 20 month imprisonment.