Underwater search for driver after car plunges into reservoir near Halifax

Booth Wood Reservoir  by the M62 near Ripponden in West Yorkshire
Booth Wood Reservoir by the M62 near Ripponden in West Yorkshire

DIVERS are searching a reservoir after a car left a country road and plunged into the water.

West Yorkshire Police said the driver is believed to have been the only person in the red car which entered the Booth Wood Reservoir, on the moors between Halifax and Rochdale, close to the M62 motorway.

Officers said the driver’s family have been informed but specialist searchers have yet to find the car, which was travelling west along the A672 Oldham Road, above Rishworth, close to the isolated Turnpike pub.

A spokesman said the incident happened at about 8.20pm on Sunday.

A large-scale operation was launched including firefighters, paramedics and the police helicopter.

The road has been closed and specialist underwater search teams are due to enter the water on Monday.

The spokesman said: “It is believed that the driver was the sole occupant of the red car which travelling westbound along Oldham Road towards Rishworth, before it left the carriageway.

“The driver is believed to be a local man in his 30s. His family have been informed.”

Sergeant Aaron Gudgeon said: “The road remains closed to allow specialist teams to conduct their inquiries and to recover the vehicle and we thank the public for their understanding and co-operation.

“I would appeal to anyone who was travelling in and around Rishworth on Sunday evening and who may have any information about the incident to come forward to police via 101.

“Inquiries are ongoing to determine the full circumstances of what took place.”

Road closures are in place from Junction 22 of the M62 to the turning circle at Rishworth School.