Horsforth New Road Rodley: Young child among injured in serious crash on busy Leeds road as closures in place

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A young child has been rushed to hospital with serious injuries after a huge crash between a car and a taxi in Leeds, with witnesses reporting an "explosion" followed by billowing smoke.

The incident, on Horsforth New Road in Rodley, left several people injured.

It prompted a huge emergency services response, with police, two fire crews, an air ambulance and four ambulances called to the scene just before 5pm on February 12.

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The ambulance service confirmed that four were taken to hospital.

A young child is among the injured who were rushed to hospital after a serious crash on Horsforth New Road in Rodley on February 12. Photo: Google/Danielle Dumpling.A young child is among the injured who were rushed to hospital after a serious crash on Horsforth New Road in Rodley on February 12. Photo: Google/Danielle Dumpling.
A young child is among the injured who were rushed to hospital after a serious crash on Horsforth New Road in Rodley on February 12. Photo: Google/Danielle Dumpling. | Google/Danielle Dumpling

In a statement, a spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police said: "Several parties were taken to hospital for treatment including a very young child who suffered serious injuries."

Road closures were put in place at the scene, including at Dawson’s Corner, and drivers were urged to avoid the area while police enquiries and recovery work continued.

At the time of the crash, thick black smoke was spotted by residents who were nearby. Danielle Dumpling, 41, was with son Dex, 14, when they came across the crash.

"People were helping get someone out of the car”, she said.

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"I asked if Dex could see where the fire was coming from and if I needed to call 999, and he said it wasn’t coming from the field or the school, it was coming from a car on the road.

"I told him to come away and asked if there were people about, as I could see there were cars still driving past.

"He said people were helping get someone out of the car, and could hear the sirens approaching.”

Danielle said it was then that she heard a loud explosion – as emergency services were already on the scene.

"We heard an explosion and the smoke billowed up.

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“I just hope whoever was involved is ok, it really didn’t look good at all.”

The air ambulance is reported to have landed in the grounds of Farsley Fairfield School while dealing with the incident.

A spokesperson for Yorkshire Ambulance Service said: "We received an emergency call at 4.55pm on Monday afternoon to report a collision on the A6120 close to Dawsons Corner.

"A number of ambulance resources were dispatched to the scene, including four ambulances, an air ambulance and team leader. Four patients were conveyed by road to Leeds General Infirmary."

A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed that two fire engines were sent to the scene, with crews making the scene safe before handing over to police.

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