Drivers are being advised to avoid the M62 near Wakefield this afternoon following a serious road traffic incident.
Police, fire fighters and the ambulance service were called at 11.30 this morning (Friday April 26) to junction 32 of the M62 following a collision between a lorry and a mini coach on the Westbound carriageway near the Xscape leisure park.
Emergency services are at the scene dealing with the incident which is in its early stages, and has required a full closure of the M62 East and Westbound from junction 33.
It is believed that a local mini bus was carrying a group of around 20 women who are all from the West Yorkshire area.
A total of 25 people from the mini bus received injuries, six of them serious. Work is ongoing by emergency services to free those who remain trapped.
The air ambulance has also been on the scene, as has a doctor.
The driver of the lorry, a local man, has been arrested in connection with the incident.
Assistant Chief Constable Craig Guildford of West Yorkshire Police, said: “This is a significant incident with a number of casualties and as a result of this we have had to close the motorway to allow emergency services to safely get to and free those who are injured.”
“We realise this will cause disruption and I would ask drivers to bear with us and avoid the motorway in that area as there will be significant delays.”
“Emergency Services remain on the scene and will re-open lanes of the M62 in the area as soon as we can do so safely, but clearly the priority at this stage has been recovering those who are injured.”
“Anyone who is concerned about a family member or who has witnessed the collision itself is asked to contact West Yorkshire Police on 101 for information.”
A1 North to M62 westbound. A1 south to M62 Westbound and the M62 Westbound
Traffic is being diverted off at junction 32 onto the A1M northbound and off there at junction 42 onto the A63 rejoining the M1 at junction 46.
Emergency services are attending the M62 westbound near junction 32 following a collision between a minibus and a lorry.
Police, fire fighters and paramedics are on scene.
Lanes two and three of the westbound carriageway are closed at this time.
Drivers are advised to avoid the area.
We currently have no information regarding injured parties, but are treating this as a serious incident.