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Major delays on M1 motorway due to overturned lorry

Credit: Press Association

The M1 is closed in both directions, with queueing traffic due to accident investigation work between J46 A6120 Selby Road / A63 Selby Road (Leeds Colton / Garforth) and J45 A63 Pontefract Lane (Leeds Cross Green), congestion on M1 to J43 M621 (Belle Isle) and on M1 to J47 A642 / A656 / B1217 (Garforth / Micklefield).

It follows an overturned lorry on the southbound carriageway.

Trapped traffic has been released southbound.


Pensioner waiting in bus shelter seriously injured in crash

An 82-year-old woman has been seriously injured after a car crashed into the bus shelter she was waiting in.

It happened on the A63 Selby Road, Cliff Top at Garforth on Saturday at around 8.35am. A red Volkswagen Polo left the carriageway and was in collision with the bus shelter.

The pensioner was taken to hospital where her condition is described as critical.

The driver of the car, a 56-year-old man from Selby was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and was bailed pending further inquiries.

Police are appealing for witnesses.


Up to thirty firefighters fought Garforth blaze

Up to thirty firefighters fought a fire which killed two people in Garforth.

30 firefighters fought the blaze

Officers treated one man for serious burns at the scene but he later died in hospital. Another person was found dead at the house.

Incident Commander Nigel Kirk said: “Sadly two people have lost their lives as a result of this fire. Our condolences go out to their family and friends at this difficult time.

30 firefighters fought the blaze

“This was an extremely serious fire. Due to the severity of the fire it took around 25 to 30 minutes to bring under control."

Specialist fire investigators remain at the scene today and are working alongside police to establish a cause of the fire. Fire crews will be in the area over the next couple of days offering advice and reassurance.

Community shocked by fatal Garforth fire

Neighbours have been speaking of their shock after two people were killed in a house fire in Garforth.

Neighbours described seeing an explosion and a "gas flame"

Steve Bradley told Calendar he witnessed an explosion and a "gas flame leaping from one of the windows," as well as screaming from inside the house.

Farfield Court where the fire broke out

The Fire Service is still investigating the cause of the fire which started on Tuesday night.

Garforth fire is devastating says MP

A house fire which killed two people in Garforth has been described as devastating by the area's MP.

Alec Shelbrooke MP said:“This devastating incident has shocked our town. In Garforth we are a close and strong community and we will now come together to offer support at this difficult time.

"The emergency services acted quickly and professionally but now need time to determine what caused this terrible tragedy. Together our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends in the weeks and months ahead."

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