Taxi passenger dies and four others injured in Ackworth horror crash

Castle Syke Hill
Castle Syke Hill

A woman has died following a crash involving a taxi in Pontefract at the weekend.

At 9.36pm on Friday night, emergency services were called to reports of a head-on collision involving two cars on the A628 Castle Syke Hill, Pontefract, just north of the junction with Sandy Gate Lane.

The incident involved a black Honda Civic and a grey Toyota Prius taxi. The Honda was travelling north towards Pontefract at the time of the collision and the taxi was heading in the opposite direction.

A 69-year-old woman, who was a rear seat passenger in the taxi, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the taxi, a 45-year-old man, and the front seat passenger, a 70-year-old man, were both seriously injured and are currently being treated in hospital. The 70-year old male remains in a critical condition.

The driver of the Honda, a 21-year-old man, and his front seat passenger, a 16-year-old girl, were also seriously injured and taken to hospital where they remain in a serious but stable condition.

The Honda driver has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

A road closure was put in place for the scene to be examined and cleared. The road reopened shortly after 5am this morning.

Officers from West Yorkshire Police Major Collision Enquiry Team are carrying out an investigation to establish the full circumstances of the collision and are also working to support the families of those involved.

Anyone who witnessed either the collision itself or the movements of either vehicle in the time leading up to it, particularly those with relevant dashcam footage, is asked to contact MCET via 101 quoting reference 13190328154.