M62 crash latest as force confirms car landed on roof during police chase

Motorists have been stuck for hours
-Credit: (Image: Vinnie Stokes)

West Yorkshire Police have issued a statement after a police chase ended in major crash on the M62 in the early hours of this morning.

The crash happened close to junction 31 for Castleford on Sunday, June 1, after roads policing officers spotted a car travelling eastbound that had earlier been reported as stolen from Chapeltown in Leeds.

Officers gave chase, during which the stolen car overturned in the middle of the road. It shut down the motorway on both sides, causing major delays for drivers.

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West Yorkshire Police have now confirmed that a white Hyundai i10 had failed to stop for police just minutes before hitting the central reservation between junction 32 and junction 33, Castleford. The force has referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

The driver of the Hyundai received serious but non-life-threatening injuries and was rushed to hospital following the crash. Enquiries are going and police are appealing for witnesses.

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A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police said: "Shortly before 2.30am this morning, police received a report of a vehicle stolen from an address in Chapeltown, Leeds. The vehicle, a white Hyundai i10, was later sighted by roads policing officers on the M62 travelling Eastbound and failed to stop when requested to by officers.

"A few minutes later the vehicle collided with the central reservation between junction 32 and junction 33, Castleford. The driver suffered serious injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening. Enquiries are ongoing."

Anyone who witnessed the collision or saw the vehicle prior is asked to contact police via 101 or use the LiveChat facility at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/contactus quoting log 190 of 1 June.