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Police Officer Dies in M1 Smash

Monday October 24 2011

THE M1 came to a standstill yesterday after an horrific accident where a police officer died.

PC Mark Goodlad, 41, from West Yorkshire Police, had stopped to help a woman whose car had broken down on the hard shoulder between Junctions 39 and 40 of the M1 at about 4.15pm yesterday (Monday, October 24.) While he was assisting the lady, a HGV collided with him and the marked police car. The 51-year-old female motorist suffered minor injuries.

The 44-year-old male driver of the HGV has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police, Sir Norman Bettison, said: "People sometimes overlook the real essence of policing. We exist to protect the public from threat and harm.

"Sometimes it is about crime, sometimes disorder. Today, it was about the dangerous environment of the motorway.

"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.

"Our thoughts and sympathy are with Mark's family. We shall try to be there for them as Mark was there for the public at large."

The Northbound carriageway was closed for a short time to allow the air ambulance to land.

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Reply Posted by Alison on Monday October 24 2011 at 20:37
omg hope everyones ok 

Reply Posted by Genna Cutthroatqueen Fitzgeral on Monday October 24 2011 at 20:39
look north just posted that the officer has passed away :(

Reply Posted by Jolow35 on Monday October 24 2011 at 20:45
so very sad. A man stops to help a stranded driver and gets killed. my thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues

Reply Posted by Alison on Monday October 24 2011 at 21:35
my heart goes out to the family at this sad time :(

Reply Posted by Michelle on Tuesday October 25 2011 at 09:14
so sad my thoughts r with is family x

Reply Posted by Lisa Hutchinson68 on Tuesday October 25 2011 at 09:25
deepest sympathy to his family xx

Reply Posted by Julie Firth on Tuesday October 25 2011 at 10:08
I'm sure all our thoughts are with his family at this time, a knight in shining armour has been lost to us all :(

Reply Posted by annie on Tuesday October 25 2011 at 12:10
thoughts & prayers to his family..

Reply Posted by TIM SMITH on Tuesday October 25 2011 at 20:03
From Policecar uk are thoughts and sympathy go out to his family at this sad time