Two officers in court after M1 collision

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Two SOUTH Yorkshire police officers were due to appear in court today charged with dangerous driving following a motorway smash which left two children and a woman in hospital.

The officers, who have not been named for legal reasons, are a 53-year-old detective constable and a 40-year-old PC.

They have been summoned to Leeds Magistrates’ Court to face charges of dangerous driving following an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

The charges relate to an incident at 12.30am on April 30 last year in which two unmarked South Yorkshire Police cars, a black BMW and a black SEAT Leon Cupra, were in collision with a Seat Alhambra people carrier on the northbound carriageway of the M1 near to junction 34.

Six vehicles were involved in the smash, three of which hit debris from the first collision.

A woman and four children who were travelling in the people carrier were taken to hospital.

One of the children, an 11-year-old boy, sustained serious head injuries.

The woman suffered a serious arm injury and another child sustained a broken leg and internal injuries.