Police officer seriously injured after high speed crash during car chase
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A police officer has been left seriously injured after crashing during a high speed pursuit on the motorway overnight.
His patrol car collided with a Seat Ibiza and then crashed into a motorway bridge just before 11.30pm on Friday night on the M62 near Goole, closing the road for at least 12 hours.
A male officer, from West Yorkshire Police, was cut from his car and taken to hospital suffering from 'serious leg injuries'.
The force said he remains in hospital in a stable condition, but his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
Two of the four people in the Seat Ibiza managed to make their own way out of the car. The other two had to be cut out of the vehicle. All four have been arrested and remain in custody the force said.
Motorists faced delays as a response to the crash which closed the motorway both directions between Junction 34 and 35.
The incident has been referred to the police watchdog, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).
A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said: "At 11.24pm last night (Friday 3 September) West Yorkshire Police officers attempted to stop a vehicle on the M62 eastbound as it entered the Humberside area.
"As a result of this there was a collision between the vehicle and two police vehicles.
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"One of the police vehicles left the carriageway and was in collision with a bridge stanchion.
"A police officer suffered serious leg injuries as a result and he was taken to hospital where he remains in a serious but non-life threatening condition.
"Four people from the non-police vehicle were arrested and remain in custody.
"Three of them were injured – one suffered neck and back injuries and two others suffered minor injuries.
"Due to the nature of the incident the Independent Office for Police Conduct has been notified."
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A spokesman for North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said: "Crews from Selby and neighbouring appliance Goole responded to reports of a two vehicle road traffic collision involving a police response vehicle and a Seat Ibiza.
"A male officer was extricated from the vehicle with serious injuries and transported to hospital.
"The crews used hydraulic cutters, stabilisation equipment, lighting, sharps protection, reciprocating saw, Immediate Emergency Care Kit, First aid, neck collars and small tools."
Highways England added: "Emergency services including West Yorkshire Police are in attendance. Highways England traffic officers have also been deployed to assist."
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