M62 in West Yorkshire closed following tanker crash

The air ambulance on the M62 The westbound carriageway was closed for the air ambulance to land

A lorry driver has been airlifted to hospital after a crash between his vehicle and a tanker that closed the M62 motorway.

The crash happened on the eastbound carriageway just before 13:00 BST between junctions 26 and 27 near Birstall, West Yorkshire.

All three lanes were reopened and queues were easing by 17:50 BST.

West Yorkshire Fire Service said a large goods vehicle had run into the back of a chemical tanker.

Flammable liquid

Mick Smith, from the fire service, said the driver of the lorry had leg injuries and was rescued by up to 20 firefighters.

A cordon was put up at one point after a small leak of flammable liquid from the tanker.

There were major delays on surrounding routes after traffic was diverted off the M62 during the closure.

Emergency crews at the crashed tanker A cordon was put up after a small amount of flammable liquid leaked from the tanker

The westbound carriageway was also closed for a time to allow the air ambulance to land.

A West Yorkshire Police investigation is under way.

The crash comes four weeks after a fatal collision on the same motorway when six air ambulances landed on the carriageway.

Bethany Jones, 18, died when a minibus was in collision with a lorry on 26 April.

Eleven women and the male minibus driver were also seriously injured.

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