Three hurt and Denby Dale major road closed after two lorries and cars crash

A lorry driver has been rushed to hospital after his vehicle collided with another lorry and three other vehicles. The man is thought to have been trapped in his cab following the accident near Shepley at about 7.45am. Two other people were also injured, police have said.

Police, fire and ambulance raced to the scene on the A629 Penistone Road, south of the notorious Sovereign crossroads between Denby Dale and Holmfirth. West Yorkshire Police have confirmed the lorry driver was released by firefighters and taken by ambulance to Sheffield Northern General hospital. It is thought he may have serious injuries, but the nature of them has not yet been confirmed.

The other people in the incident are reported to have injuries but they are not thought to be as serious. Fire crews from Huddersfield, Ossett and Cleckheaton were involved in the rescue, which occurred near some temporary traffic lights.

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If you want to join head to the page by clicking here Police closed the major road between Kirklees and South Yorkshire in both directions at about 8am and it is believed to still be closed for accident investigation work. Reports online say the collision occurred near the Carr Hill Road junction of the road, close to the village of Upper Cumberworth.

Residents have reported heavy traffic in the area as motorists battle to navigate around the closure.

The stretch of road between Shepley and Birdsdge has been an accident blackspot for more than a decade with a host of incidents every year, mostly at the Sovereign cross roads or the junction with Cross Lane and Carr Lane.

Campaigns for a roundabout or traffic lights have failed but the speed limit has been reduced.

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