M62 lanes shut after serious accident

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The M62 was closed both ways this evening after a serious accident.

Highways England said that the motorway was shut between junction 33 at Knottingley and junction 34 at Whitley Bridge after 3.30pm.

This was reportedly due to a collision between a car and a lorry, but some sources have said it was a single vehicle accident.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance has attended the scene as part of a large operation involving North and West Yorkshire fire services and North Yorkshire Police.

It is understood that four people were injured and were taken to hospital.

The eastbound lanes have since re-opened, while westbound lanes between junction 33 and 34 are still closed for a North Yorkshire Police investigation.

Drivers are being urged by Highways England to plan ahead. A diversion is in place.

A North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue spokesperon said; "Single vehicle road traffic collision. Selby, Goole and Pontefract fire and rescue crews in attendance.

"Crews have released two casualties from vehicle using cutting equipment. Remaining on scene assisting paramedics."

Mirfield.  4th February 1976''Battling Thomas, Mirfield Station's official cat, gets a meal from leading railwayman Nigel Stead today after a successful drive to raise cash to pay his vet's bill.''Thomas got into a scrap and lost an eye . . . but there was no cash in the kitty to pay the vet's bill.''So Thomas's friends a the station put up the notice in the picture asking for gifts.  Now after just a week they received �10.50 towards the �27.50 bill.''Thomas, who wandered into the station 12 years ago as a half-starved stray, is on the British Rail payroll.''Each month he receives an official allowance of �1.60 to pay for his weeekly fare of a pinta and five tins of meat.  On top of that Mrs. Barbara Ward, who works at Batley Station, sends an express delivery of half a pound of minced meat.''Mr. Stead (26), who is honorary keeper of the cat, said "He lost his eye in late December.  The bill was larger than we expected, so we invited donations.  British Rail has promised to make up any shortfall."

Yorkshire nostalgia: The stray cat who lost an eye and ended up earning £1.60 a week from British Rail