ONE MAN has been arrested and another is detained in hospital with life-threatening injuries after a three-vehicle crash yesterday on the A616 off J35a of the M1 motorway.

  A silver Skoda Fabia came off the M1 at J35a, travelled along the A616 towards Tankersley and indicated to turn right into Park Lane, the entrance for Tankersley Golf Club.

  Police understand the Skoda held its position waiting for a Black BMW 520 travelling in the opposite direction and while the Skoda waited, a black Volvo FM12 heavy goods vehicle has collided with the Skoda’s rear causing it to spin and collide with the BMW.

  The goods vehicle swerved to the nearside of the A616 carriageway as a result of the initial collision, causing it to crash into trees and wooden fencing. The incident happened around 9.50am (Saturday, 3 September).

  The driver of the Skoda, a Sheffield man, was taken to Leeds General Infirmary by air ambulance. He sustained extensive injuries, which are described as life threatening, and is detained in hospital.

  A female passenger in the Skoda (age unknown) sustained serious whiplash injuries and was taken to the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield. She was not detained.

  Three occupants in the BMW, a 40-year-old Honley man (driver), a 41-year-old Honley woman and a 73-year-old York man, all sustained minor whiplash injuries. They were taken to Barnsley District General Hospital but not detained.

  The driver of the heavy goods vehicle, a 30-year-old Rotherham man, suffered shock as a result of the incident. He was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and released on bail pending further enquiries.

  Officers want to hear from the drivers of other vehicles seen in the area at the time of the collision. These vehicles are not thought to have been involved in the collision but left prior to the arrival of emergency services. Anyone with information is urged to call South Yorkshire Police on 0114 2202020 quoting incident number 466 of Saturday, 3 September.