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One dead, 20 injured in M62 hen party bus crash tragedy

Video report by ITV News north of England correspondent Damon Green.

A woman has been killed and several others injured when the minibus taking them to a hen party was involved in a crash with a lorry.

A further 20 women on the bus were injured, seven seriously, after a collision involving a Farmfoods lorry at junction 32 of the westbound carriageway of the M62 near Pontefract, West Yorkshire.

Six air ambulances were called to the scene, with four being used to take casualties to numerous nearby hospitals.

According to Dr David Macklin from Yorkshire Ambulance Service, crews were faced with "a very difficult scene with multiple seriously injured people", but he praised their "excellent and professional response".

The driver of the lorry, believed to be a local man, has been arrested in connection with the incident and remains in custody, West Yorkshire Police said.

Chief Inspector Mark Bownass, head of the force's roads policing unit, said emergency services were called at around 11.30am to reports of a collision between a large goods vehicle and a minibus from South Elmsall, near Pontefract.

One patient, a woman in her 40s, suffered suspected serious chest injuries and was anaesthetised on scene before being transported, while the other was airlifted to hospital also with chest injuries.

Emergency services attend the scene of the fatal collision. Credit: PA

Police confirmed an off-duty officer was the first person to report the accident and stayed at the scene to help, while members of the public also helped give first aid.

Dave Walton, assistant chief fire officer at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, said that firefighters had remarked that the crash was "the worst they had seen in a number of years".

The police have since paid tribute to the efforts of the emergency services and thanked drivers for their patience as they assisted the casualties.

Assistant Chief Constable Craig Guildford of West Yorkshire Police, said: "I want to pay tribute to the efforts that have been made today by colleagues in the emergency services, Highways Agency and Local Authority to what has been a major incident on our motorway network."

"Tragically it has claimed the life of a local woman and our thoughts are with her family as specially trained officer's work to support them."

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