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Yorkshire policeman dies while helping stranded driver


7:43am 25th October 2011

A Yorkshire police man has died while he was helping a stranded driver near Wakefield.

It's been described as paying the ultimate price in the line of duty.

PC Mark Goodlad was helping a woman whose car had broken down on the M1.

His marked police car was then hit by a lorry.

The West Yorkshire officer was airlifted to hospital but died later.

The HGV driver's now been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.

West Yorkshire Police Statement:

This is an update in relation to the serious road traffic collision on the M1 this afternoon, during which a serving West Yorkshire Police officer was seriously injured.

The Force can now confirm the male officer has died of his injuries and has been identified as 41-year-old, PC Mark Goodlad of East Yorkshire.

Police are investigating the collision which occurred around 4.15pm today between junctions 39 and 38 on the southbound carriageway.

It is believed that PC Goodlad, who was a Motorway Patrol Roads Policing officer and was on duty at the time, had stopped to help a woman whose car had broken down on the hard shoulder.

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.

The southbound carriageway remains closed until further notice.

Enquiries are ongoing and any witnesses to the incident are asked to contact the Major Collision Enquiry Team on: 01924 293047 or via: 08456 06 06 06.

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."

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