A toddler was among the survivors of an M1 crash which brought the motorway around Leeds to a standstill for several hours on Friday. (Oct 11)
The accident, involving two cars, happened at just after 2pm near junction 42, and led to police closing the M1 northbound between junctions 42 and 44.
One person had to be cut out of their car and emergency services confirmed a two-year-old was also among the passengers in the crashed vehicles. The child was taken to Leeds General Infirmary with non-serious injuries.
The northbound stretch of the M1 remained fully closed for a while, with just one lane reopened as the scene was cleared. The southbound carriageway had initially been shut to allow the air ambulance to land but remained open after emergency services decided it was not needed. Police confirmed the motorway was fully re-open by around 6pm.
Tailbacks had stretched between J42, M62 (Lofthouse) and J44, A639 (Rothwell). Traffic was also queueing on the M62 eastbound between J27, the M621 at Gildersome and J29 with the M1 (Lofthouse). On the M621 out of Leeds, traffic was tailing back westbound to junction six.
One eyewitness wrote on Twitter: “I’ve just gone past a crash scene that looks like it came straight put of Die Hard. M1 is on lockdown.”