A woman injured after falling from a moving car on to a busy commuter bypass in Leeds has been kept in hospital.
West Yorkshire Police (WYP) has launched an appeal for witnesses following the incident on the A647 Stanningley Bypass that brought traffic to a standstill on Thursday, closing the transport artery at Bramley for more than two hours from around 9.25am.
The woman, who was a passenger in a silver Nissan Micra, was initially rushed to Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) for treatment while officers combed the scene – an eastbound stretch near the Houghley Lane junction, in Bramley – for evidence.
Drivers and bus routes were diverted through Bramley, leading to heavy traffic and lengthy delays before the road was reopened at around 11.30am.
Detective Inspector Phil Jackson, of Leeds District CID, explained “enquiries are continuing” into the incident. He said: “We would particularly like to speak to anyone who saw a silver Nissan Micra on Stanningley Road, near to the old fire station and heading towards Leeds between 9.15am and 9.30am.”
The injured woman was later found to have suffered non-life-threatening injuries but remained at LGI yesterday. Initial reports suggested she had sustained more serious injuries.
Lengthy tailbacks and traffic saw roads gridlocked in Bramley, while the effects were felt in Leeds and Bradford into the early afternoon.
Dozens of readers posted their reaction to the incident on the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Twitter and Facebook pages yesterday. One reader said: “Drove past the scene, poor woman.”
While another posted on Facebook: “Just missed this by about 10 minutes the traffic was horrendous! But still begs the question! No seat belt?”
Call WYP’s Leeds District Safeguarding Unit on 101 with information that may aid police.