A BIKER is in a serious condition following an accident in Brighouse.
The 47-year-old motorcyclist, believed to be from Bailiff Bridge, was said to have suffered head, pelvis and shoulder injuries during the incident on Tuesday when the bike he was travelling on came into contact with a Nissan Almera Tino car at the junction of Woodvale Road, outside Brighouse Leisure Centre.
He was taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary following the crash at around 7am but has since been moved to a hospital in Sheffield.
The road was closed for six hours from Brighouse and Rastrick roundabout, near Tesco, to Bailiff Bridge crossroads and diversions were in place throughout.
Neighbours reported hearing the bang while passerbys rushed to help including an off duty police officer. An off duty pool lifeguard on his way for a swim also stopped to provide reassurance to the motorcyclist until the paramedics arrived while other staff members looked after the woman from the second vehicle.
She was suffering from shock and staff helped to reassure and comfort her.
Sergeant Dean Maddocks, who leads the Lower Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team, said the police community support officers who had just started their shift rushed out as soon as they heard the crash. “We were concerned with it coming up to rush hour and wanted to minimise disruption,” he said. “It is such a busy road. We managed to block people off at Bailiff Bridge and Tesco and stop people at Russell Way so we can give people options about when they could go.”
Brighouse councillor Colin Stout (Ind) said after the recent accident they needed to look at implementing safety measures. “This incident again brings to the fore these two areas, along with Halifax Road, in Brighouse, that are causing problems.
“We need officer time to have a meeting with residents and businesses on Bradford Road on how to resolve this problem. We need to build too on further safety measures and also make sure the general public and road users are safe.
“I will be looking to call a meeting with residents, businesses and highways department and road users between Sainsbury’s and Russell Way.
“We know parking is a problem on Bradford Road and we have investigated several ways to reduce parking but if there is less parking speed increases on the road.”
Drivers were also left facing long delays after an accident between two vans and a motorbike on the M62 yesterday morning at around 5.40am. The motorway was closed eastbound between junction 26 Chain Bar and junction 27 Birstall.
The motorcyclist is thought to have suffered minor arm injuries.
One lane was opened at around 9am but traffic queued beyond junction 24 at Ainley Top and surrounding routes were gridlocked.
Delays were reported along the A58 from Wyke to Hipperholme, through Rastrick and along Bradford Road where queues developed from the roundabout near Tesco to Bailiff Bridge.
The M62 reopened at 10am.
Police are appealing for witnesses to both accidents and are asking people to contact the 101 non-emergency number.