Woman who died in horrific M62 crash near Huddersfield is named

The woman who was killed in a horrific crash on the M62 yesterday has been named. Karen Anne McDonagh, 51, died following a smash involving several vehicles on the eastbound carriageway near Huddersfield. The accident happened at about 10.40am, close to junction 23 for Outlane .

All the emergency services, including the air ambulance and HART, attended and the carriageway was fully closed. Karen, from the Humberside area, was taken to Leeds General Infirmary by land ambulance but later died of her injuries. West Yorkshire Police said a 47-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

The M62 was closed for almost seven hours while the vehicles were removed 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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