Emergency services are calling on South Yorkshire’s drivers to make the county’s roads collision free this Friday, to mark a major national awareness day. Fire, police and other partners will be spelling out driving dangers at dozens of events across the county.
Every day approximately 10 people are hurt on the roads of South Yorkshire. By educating motorists about common causes of collisions such as speeding, drink driving and stopping distances, members of the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership aim to bring that figure to zero, if only for one day.
A range of road safety events and demonstrations are taking place across the county. They include a major event in Peel Square, Barnsley where firefighters and paramedics will show crowds how they rescue the victims of serious road smashes.
- Keep your distance - leave at least a two second gap between you and the car in front.
- Don't drink and drive - just one drink can affect your response times as a driver.
- Think speed - the risk of killing a pedestrian is four times higher at 30mph, than 40mph.
South Park Road is closed in both directions due to an accident. There is traffic congestion. Police say a motorcyclist has been seriously injured and taken to hospital - they expect the road to be closed for sometime.
Traffic heading from Yorkshire to Manchester is affected as a lane has closed on the M62 westbound between junction 22 at Rishworth Moor and junction 21 at Milnow due to an accident.
Two men, believed to be brothers, have died after their car failed to stop for police and crashed into a lamp-post and a tree in Bradford just before midnight last night. The men's car was split in two by the force of the impact, in Woodside Road in Wyke.
It had earlier driven past a police patrol car but did not stop despite officers' attempts. The incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission by West Yorkshire Police.
Two people have been killed when their car crashed into a tree in Bradford early this morning. The A641 Woodbridge Road at Wyke is expected to be closed in both directions for most of the morning and diversions are in place.
The A58 Whitehall Road is closed in both directions due to a serious accident at Hellfire Crossroads near the Wyke Lion pub.
Two motorcyclists have been airlifted to hospital after a crash near Kirkbymoorside in North Yorkshire. A man in his 50s from the Harrogate area was taken to hospital with leg and chest injuries.
The second rider, a man in his 40s from Halifax, has suspected spinal injuries. Their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
There is congestion on the M1 at J44 (Rothwell) to J43 (Belle Isle) due to an accident. One lane is closed whilst recovery work takes place. The entry slip is also closed.
The A1 is closed northbound and will be until around 10 this morning after an accident between Balderton and Winthorpe Island at Newark.
A man has died after he was knocked down in Leeds.
It happened at 10.45 on Saturday at the Red Bus Cafe layby on the A64 when a 20-year-old man was in collision with a car. The driver of the car stopped at the scene. Anyone who witnessed the accident is urged to come forward.**