Two injured in 12-car smash on M1 at Barnsley

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Two people were taken to hospital following a 12-car smash on the M1 in South Yorkshire yesterday morning.

The incident, which saw a series of cars plough into the back of each other, happened just before 8am.

Police closed two lanes of the southbound carriageway for around five hours while debris and vehicles were removed.

Firefighters from Barnsley and Tankersley stations were called to the scene and cut the two trapped casualties from their vehicles

The incident happened close to junction 37 of the M1 at Dodworth.

A Yorkshire Ambulance Service spokeswoman said two casualties were taken to Barnsley District General Hospital.

There were no details of their injuries but police said nobody was seriously hurt.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “There were no serious injuries.

“Lanes two and three of the motorway were closed for around five hours but lane one and the hard shoulder were kept open to keep the traffic flowing.

“At one point traffic was backing up to Junction 39 at Wakefield.”

A Yorkshire Ambulance Service spokeswoman said they received a call at 7.56am.

She said: “We sent a rapid response vehicle, two ambulances and two hazardous area response team vehicles to the scene.

“There were four patients in total, two of whom were treated at the scene but did not need hospital treatment.

“Two patients were taken to Barnsley District General Hospital.”