A woman was killed in a two-car collision near Otley this morning.

She was freed by firefighters from her Vauxhall Nova and taken to Leeds Infirmary, but her injuries proved fatal. The woman, aged around 30, has not been named.

The driver of a Volkswagen Passat, a 45-year-old man, was also released from his vehicle and taken to hospital.

He suffered head injuries in the collision, which happened at 7.10am today near Stubbings Farm in Leeds Road, between Otley and Pool Bank.

Rush-hour traffic was diverted as police closed the road at its junction with the Dyneley Arms pub and Otley by-pass.

Firefighters from Otley and Rawdon were called to the incident.

The female driver suffered severe head injuries and was released from her car at 7.34am.

Paramedics treated her at the scene while firefighters gave oxygen to the second driver. He was released from his car at 7.48am.

Sub-officer Chris Clark, of Rawdon fire station, said: "We stabilised both vehicles and sprung open the doors using a crowbar. Firefighters gave oxygen therapy to the male driver while paramedics dealt with the female occupant of the second car.

"We released both people and stayed at the scene to remove the vehicles."

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Ambulance Service said: "Crews were called to a two-car road accident at Leeds Road, Otley, at 7.13am today.

"A female, aged around 30, was taken to Leeds General Infirmary suffering from serious head injuries which proved fatal.

"The driver of the other car, a 45-year-old male, was also taken to LGI with head injuries."

Traffic officers from Weetwood Police attended the incident. The cause of the collision is under investigation.

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