Fire chiefs are warning of the dangers of driving in severe weather after two women were seriously hurt in a motorway crash. The pair had to be cut from their car by firefighters after it skidded on standing water near Junction 20 of the M62 early this morning.
"The two women were driving their Mini convertible back from Leeds when they hit some standing water and ended up on the motorway embankment. When you hit standing water at speed you aquaplane and can easily lose control of your car. They were very fortunate because their car stopped next to a metal post – it could’ve been much worse.”
“It sounds like these two women had a very lucky escape. We wish them both a speedy recovery. We would urge everyone to take extra care in wet driving conditions especially after a long dry spell when roads can become very greasy in the rain.”
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