A lorry driver involved in the M62 crash which killed a man and a woman has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. The 43-year-old HGV driver from North East Lincolnshire was taken to hospital suffering minor injuries.
He was released after treatment and then arrested. He is currently on bail and enquiries are continuing.
– Sgt Garry Alderson of the Major Collision Enquiry Team
"Clearly this was a very serious incident which has sadly resulted in the deaths of the man and woman travelling in the Audi.
We are conducting a full collision investigation at the scene and obviously this will take time given the seriousness of the incident.
And following on from my appeal yesterday I would ask anyone who saw the incident or either of the vehicles described shortly beforehand to contact the Major Collision Enquiry Team on 01924 293047 as well as anyone who witnessed the immediate aftermath to get in touch."
A couple killed in yesterday's fatal crash which closed the M62 for eleven hours have been named. 46 year old Mark McHale who ran a hair salon in the North East and his wife Tamsie who was 43, died in the collision yesterday.
Tributes have been paid to a couple who died in a horrific car accident, which closed a busy motorway for most of the day.
Hair salon owner Mark Mchale and his wife Tamsie from Bishop Auckland were travelling in their white Audi A5 on the westbound carriageway of M62 in West Yorkshire in the early hours yesterday morning when they were in collision with a HGV.
Six hour delays have been reported on the M62 Westbound after a crash this morning. Police are investigating the cause of the accident in which two people died.
Drivers are being urged to avoid using the westbound M62 between J26 and J25 following a crash which resulted in two fatalities. The Highways Agency has been working at the scene to manage traffic but the closure of the westbound carriageway has resulted in long queues around the diversion route.
Highways Agency Traffic Officers have been working alongside police to carry out welfare checks on drivers in slow moving traffic.
The Highways Agency has deployed extra recovery services to keep traffic moving onto the diversion route. Temporary toilet facilities and bottled water are available off the motorway.
– Highways Agency
The police have now started to remove the vehicles and until that work is completed we won't be able to inspect the carriageway for any damage and clear any debris - although we do have vehicles on standby to do this work. "We are working to keep traffic moving through the diversion but inevitably traffic is very slow across the road network around the incident and drivers should avoid the area and delay journeys - or seek alternative routes - if possible. At the very least drivers should be checking traffic conditions before setting out on journeys."
Delays of up to three hours are being reported on the M62 westbound after the crash this morning. The road is still closed. A lane is also closed between J27 and J26 and the entry slip road is closed at J28 due to a car fire.
A 46-year-old man and a 43-year-old woman have been killed in a crash on the M62 Westbound. The collision took place early this morning at the entry slip road to junction 26.
The circumstances of the collision are under investigation but it is currently believed the incident occurred after a Mercedes heavy goods vehicle towing a blue container collided with a white Audi A5 while both vehicles were travelling in the same direction.
The occupants of the Audi died at the scene. The driver of the HGV, a 43-year-old man from Lincolnshire, has been taken to hospital for minor injuries.
– Sgt Garry Alderson, Major Collision Enquiry Team
Clearly this was a very serious incident which has sadly resulted in the deaths of the man and woman travelling in the Audi.
"We are conducting a full collision investigation at the scene and obviously this will take time given the seriousness of the incident.
"I would advise drivers to avoid the area if at all possible while recovery work is underway and would ask anyone who saw the incident or either of the vehicles described shortly beforehand to contact the Major Collision Enquiry Team on 01924 293047."