The brother of M62 crash victim Bethany Jones has paid a touching tribute to the 18-year-old.
A vigil has been held for the victims of the M62 crash in West Yorkshire, including 18-year-old Bethany Jones, who died at the scene.
A lorry driver has been arrested after 19 people were injured, six of them seriously, in a crash with a minibus in West Yorkshire.
Hard shoulder trials are taking place on the East and Westbound carriageways of the M62 from 8am this morning.
Highways patrols are due to open up the hard shoulder to traffic as part of plans to ease congestion. Overhead signs will tell drivers they can use the hard shoulder as an extra lane. The test will take place between junctions 26 and 27.
Traffic is queuing on the M62 westbound between junction 23 A640/A643 Huddersfield and junction 22 A672 Rishworth Moor due to an oil spillage. One lane is closed. There is heavy congestion on the motorway to junction 25 A644 Brighouse. 40pmh speed limits are in force.
It is one of the busiest motorways in the country, carrying 144,000 vehicles a day, and today, for the first time in 43 years, motorists were allowed to drive legally on the hard shoulder.
The first phase of a managed motorway system came into effect on the M62 during the morning rush hour, allowing drivers to use the hard shoulder during peak periods to ease congestion
Three more schemes are planned for the M1 in West and South Yorkshire.The Highways Agency insist they are safe but one MP says they could cost lives.
Chris Kiddey reports.
Motorists were allowed to drive legally on the hard shoulder of a motorway in West Yorkshire for the first time today.
Part of the M62 became an eight lane highway as part of a multi milllion pound scheme to ease traffic congestion.
Chris Kiddey reports.
The first section of the upgraded M62 in West Yorkshire to a "managed motorway" becomes fully operational this morning. The hard shoulder wil be open to traffic at peak times.
The M62 has been closed while emergency services work to rescue a tanker driver after an accident.
Police are advising motorists to avoid the M62 as the emergency services deal with a crash at junciton 26 of the eastbound carriageway which has closed the entire motorway.
Police are currently assisting the Fire service at the scene of the collision, which took place at 12:42pm. A HGV and a tanker were involved.
The driver of the tanker is currently trapped and is being freed by the Fire service. Due to flammable materials in the tanker, this is expected to take some time and has required that both carriageways are closed to ensure public safety.
A rolling roadblock is in place on the M62 Westbound in West Yorkshire after an incident on the motorway.
- M62 Westbound
- Between J27 (M621/Gildersome) and J26 (M606/Chain Bar)
- Rolling road block
- Reports of an "incident"
- Slow traffic
A crash and an oil spillage has closed a lane causing congestion on the M62 Westbound near Huddersfield.
- Accident before J21 (Milnrow)
- One lane closed
- Congestion back to J23 A640/A643 (Huddersfield)
- Travel time around 45 minutes
- Accident involving two cars & oil spillage