Motorists praised for stepping in after Leeds driver suffers 'medical episode at the wheel'

A road in Leeds city centre was closed off to traffic after a motorist fell ill at the wheel, police have confirmed.

Sunday, 29th December 2019, 11:50 am
Updated Sunday, 29th December 2019, 11:51 am

Marsh Lane was closed off near to the junction with the A61 by Ibis Budget hotel on Saturday as West Yorkshire Police attended an incident at around lunchtime.

The closure resulted in heavy delays in the city centre which carried on into the afternoon.

The force's roads policing unit said this morning (Sunday) how a BMW had collided with a white van after the diver suffered a medical episode.

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Collision on Marsh lane in Leeds city centre on Saturday, which happened after a driver fell ill at the wheel

Officers tweeted to say how "quick-thinking" members of the public stepped in to help and managed to bring the BMW to a stop before causing any further damage.

No one was seriously injured in the collision itself, while the BMW driver was taken to hospital for treatment.

West Yorkshire Police's Roads Policing Unit wrote on Twitter: Driver of the BMW suffered a medical episode at the wheel. With the quick thinking members of the public the vehicle was stopped from moving.

"Yorkshire Ambulance Service were on scene quickly and the driver taken to hospital for further treatment."