A MAKESHIFT sledge was used to transport a man to a waiting ambulance when it couldn't reach him because of the snow this morning.

Police were called to a report of a crash involving a Volkswagen Polo and a pedestrian in his 50s in Carr Lane, Windhill, Shipley at about 7.12am.

The incident had occurred close to the junction with Hollin Lane.

Police temporarily closed the road, and the man was stretchered to an ambulance.

He was taken to Bradford Royal Infirmary for further treatment.

The driver of the Volkswagen Polo has been spoken to by officers.

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Ambulance Service said they had sent a rapid response vehicle and an ambulance to the scene, and although the rapid response vehicle was able to reach the man, the ambulance was not.

They said crews made a makeshift sledge from their equipment to transport the man to the ambulance.

His injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

A resident of Carr Lane said she saw police had cordoned off a stretch of road between Hollin Lane and further down Carr Lane.

"I didn't see the incident but was told it was a car that had gone out of control and hit a pedestrian and, I think, another car.

"I saw the road had been closed at around 8am because at the time I was trying to find out if my children's school was open.

"The paramedics couldn't get up the hill because of the snow so the man was brought down to the ambulance on what looked like a sledge.

"The weather was really bad at the time."

The risk of heavy snow this morning had been forcast for the district.

A spokesman for Bradford Council said: "Carr Lane was gritted by one of our large gritters at around 5.20am and again at around 9am today.

"It was also gritted twice by our smaller vehicles between 5am and midday. However the issue we have see across West Yorkshire is that snow has been covering up the grit as fast as we have been laying it and grit needs the action of vehicles to get to work.”