TRIBUTES have been paid to a police officer who died in the line of duty helping a stranded motorist on the M1.
PC Mark Goodlad was seriously injured yesterday as he helped a woman on the hard shoulder of the southbound carriage way at 4.14pm close to junction 39 at Durkar.
An orange Scania articulated lorry collided with his marked police BMW X5 car and a Suzuki Swift.
PC Goodlad, a Motorway Patrol Roads Policing Officer, was stood in between the cars at the time helping the 51-year-old woman whose car had broken down.
Both were taken to hospital but PC Goodlad died later from his injuries.
The woman suffered minor injuries.
Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police, Sir Norman Bettison, said: “PC Mark Goodlad was assisting a vulnerable motorist, who had broken down in that dangerous space. He was doing his job as his colleagues do day in day out.
“Police officers put themselves at risk for others. Mark paid the ultimate sacrifice and we are all proud of him and are saddened by his loss.”
A 44-year-old man from the Oldham area was arrested on suspicion of death by dangerous driving and remains in police custody.
Anyone with information should contact the Major Collision Enquiry Team on 01924 334693 or 0845 6060606.
Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.