[T]wo young children have died following a crash on the M62 near Eggborough.
A two-month-old baby boy and a 19-month-old girl were taken to hospital after the car they were travelling in left the westbound carriageway at around 3.30pm on Sunday.
Tragically, despite extensive efforts to save them, they were pronounced dead yesterday.
The children’s mother, who is in her 20s and was a passenger, was also taken to hospital where she remains in a serious condition.
The father, a man in his 20s who is believed to have been the driver, was treated for minor injuries.
The family is from the West Yorkshire area.
Traffic Sergeant Hamish Halloway, who attended the incident, said: “I’d like to extend my deepest sympathies to the family involved following this tragic incident.
“Any fatal collision is deeply upsetting for the families involved but it’s impossible to imagine the horrific ordeal this family is currently going through.
“I’d like to thank the members of the public who stopped to help, in particular the driver of a white HGV who was not involved in the collision but gave a massive amount of assistance to the family at the scene.”
Ambulance crews, including the air ambulance, firefighters, officers from Humberside and West Yorkshire Police and Highways England also attended the scene, near the junction with the A19 Whitley Bridge, Goole.
Diversions were put in place to allow emergency services to tend to the incident.
The eastbound carriageway reopened at 8pm and the westbound opened at 9.10pm following recovery of the vehicle – a Honda Jazz.
Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident. They are appealing for information from other motorists, including anyone who witness the crash, saw the car in the moments leading up to it or has dashcam footage that may help police investigations.
If you can help, please contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Hamish Halloway.
You can also email Traffic Sergeant Halloway at [email protected]
Please quote incident number 12170157953 when sharing information.