Two injured in M1 smash

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TWO people were taken to hospital after a crash on the M1 motorway.

Junctions 36 and 37 of the motorway were shut for six hours following the smash.

A silver Lexus RX 300 was travelling northbound between junctions 36 and 37 towards Wakefield when it spun out of control.

It went across the central barrier and onto the southbound carriageway hitting a black Vauxhall Meriva head on.

Debris from the crash struck a red VW Transporter causing minor damage.

It happened on Sunday at 11.50am.

The driver of the Lexus, a 20-year-old Nottingham man, was cut free from the car and airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary where he remains in a serious condition with a suspected broken leg and internal injuries.

The driver of the Vauxhall, a 60-year-old Durham man, was taken to the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield suffering from a broken toe but has since been allowed to go home.

Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 518 of Sunday, March 11.