POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a man died in a crash on the M62 in the early hours of this morning. 

Emergency services were called to the scene of the collision, which happened on the eastbound carriageway close to junction 29, for Lofthouse, at around 3.30am.

West Yorkshire Police said the crash involved a white Audi A3 "travelling against the flow of traffic" and a Renault HGV.

The male occupant of the Audi was confirmed dead at the scene a short time later.

The motorway was shut between junction 28, for Leeds, and junction 29 for most of the the day to allow collision investigation work to take place. It is now fully open again. 

A police spokesperson said: "Officers from the major collision enquiry team are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the manner of driving of the Audi prior to the collision.

"Anyone who may have witnessed the collision, the circumstances leading up to it or who may have video footage is asked to contact West Yorkshire Police by calling 101 or go online at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101livechat, quoting reference 231 of March 3."