Man arrested after fatal M62 crash is released under investigation

A man who was arrested after a fatal M62 crash near Huddersfield has been released under investigation. The 47-year-old was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, following an accident involving several vehicles near junction 23 for Outlane, at around 10.40am yesterday (Thursday). West Yorkshire Police confirmed today that he has been released pending further investigation.

A 51-year-old woman from the Humberside area, who has now been named as Karen Anne MacDonagh , was taken to Leeds General Infirmary by ambulance with serious injuries but later died. Several vehicles were involved in the smash and all emergency services, including the air ambulance and HART, attended the aftermath.

Accident on M62 eastbound carriageway at Outlane.

The eastbound carriageway was shut for almost seven hours while the vehicles were recovered and crash investigators worked on the scene. A driver whose dashcam captured the aftermath of the crash said it was an awful scene to see.

The man, who does not want to be named, was driving towards Huddersfield just before 11am. He said: “It was awful – it really upset me. “The air ambulance had landed and the engines were off.

An artic was 150 metres east with its front offside corner missing. He had been through the grass on the central reservation. “A car and caravan were damaged on the hard shoulder; a car was half on half off a recovery truck and the recovery truck cab was destroyed.

Another looked like it was either under the wrecker or was being towed by the wrecker when hit, plus at least one other vehicle behind the screens where the doctors were working.”

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