Drivers have been stuck for hours on the A1 (M) and M1 near Leeds after a major crash that left the roads closed.
Traffic has stopped between J42 and 44 on the A1 (M) and back to the J46 on the M1, where it joins the A1 (M) at the J48.
This is after a car driving the wrong way down the northbound lane of the A1 (M) collided head-on with a van.
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Mother Amy Hoskin and her children were driving back from Wales up the M1 when they were caught in the accident – they have now been stuck for about 500m before the road merges with the A1 (M) for over two hours.
Amy told LeedsLive: “We first stopped at 15.10, switched off the car’s engine a few minutes later! Luckily we have a box of food left over from our Christmas holiday, so plenty of snacks.
“We saw the emergency vehicles drive down the hard shoulder, so many that we lost count. People are getting out of their cars now and talking to each other.
“We must have gotten here, as it happened, because we saw the traffic back on the A1M while we were already stopped.
“We were on our way back from Wales, just 15 minutes from home!”
West Yorkshire police have confirmed that a person was taken to hospital by an air ambulance after the Volkswagen Polo, which was driving the wrong way, hit a Vauxhall van.
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“We saw the air ambulance fly over us from the south, it orbited and landed, even though we could not see where it landed. It was down for a while, long enough for it to get dark when it took off,” said Amy. .
“From where I can see the A1M queue, more and more of the cars have turned off their engines. Almost no taillights are showing now.
“The kids say they’m tired and bored and ready to go home now.”
Amy and her children are still stuck at the moment.
Another driver, who wished to remain anonymous, was stuck on the M1 northbound between junctions 46 and 47 for two hours.
Two tracks had been blocked from Colton (J46) onwards.
The driver also said they had seen three police cars, two police vans and a traffic control car driving past in the hard shoulder.
They have just been filtered out at the Garforth junction (J47) after Highways Yorkshire came to them in its efforts to clear traffic.
National Highways Yorkshire confirmed that they were making progress in turning the queue traffic around, but said it could take ‘some time’.
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A statement from West Yorkshire Police on the incident read: “At 14.58 today (Thursday) it was reported to police that a Volkswagen Polo had joined the A1M Northbound at Junction 44 and was heading south.
“At 15.01, it was reported that the vehicle had collided with others.
“The rescue services participated and found that the Polo had been in a collision with a Vauxhall van.
“An injured person has been taken from the scene by air ambulance.
“Roadblocks are still in place and motorists are advised to avoid the area at this time.”
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