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Man dies after being hit by lorry in Wakefield

A man has died after being hit by a lorry in Wakefield.

Emergency Services were called to the A650 near Carr Gate at the junction of Kenmore Road on at about 4.10pm.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police investigations are ongoing at the scene and the A650 is closed in both directions from the Vine Tree roundabout for traffic heading out of Wakefield and from the Carr Gate turn off heading into the city.

Drivers heading inbound on the A650 into Wakefield are being diverted via the Carr Gate turn off into Wrenthorpe.

"Enquiries are ongoing into this incident and we are appealing for any witnesses to the collision itself. We would also like to speak with anyone who saw the man or the lorry just prior to the collision.

"Officers are working to recover vehicles and complete enquiries at the site and we thank drivers for their patience while this very necessary work is completed following what has been a tragic incident. We do hope to re-open the A650 in the next hour or so.

"I would ask any witnesses who can assist our enquiries to contact the Major Collision Enquiry Team on 101."

– Sgt Ann Drury, Major Collision Enquiry Team, West Yorkshire Police

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Man arrested after stolen bus driven through Wakefield

A man has been arrested after a bus was stolen, and driven through the city centre, in Wakefield yesterday.

The single-decker DAF Holland bus was reported missing from the Arriva Yorkshire bus depot on Barnsley Road at 9:45pm. It was spotted by traffic officers who followed it from a safe distance.

The bus hit some cars as it was driven through Wakefield but nobody was hurt
The bus hit some cars as it was driven through Wakefield but nobody was hurt

Officers used specialist equipment to bring it to a safe stop on Ledger Lane at 10:18pm. The bus had collided with a number of parked vehicles on the road, and caused minor damage to a police car.

A 34-year-old man was arrested at the scene. The bus was removed from and taken back to the depot.

"Our officers spotted the bus very quickly after it was first reported stolen. It was driven at slow speed around Wakefield city centre for a short amount of time until it was successfully brought to a standstill.

"It was driven into a couple of stationary vehicles on the street, but thankfully no-one was hurt. We are appealing to anyone who may have any information about this incident to contact us on 101."

– Insp Ian Williams, West Yorkshire Police
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