updated 19 April 2011 at 10:50
The collision, involving a National Express coach and a blue Seat Leon, occurred at around 5.35pm yesterday (18 April 2011), on the A19 Easingwold bypass.
The driver of the Seat, a 50-year-old man from York, was fatally injured in the collision and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The coach driver, a 59-year-old woman from Chester-le-Street, suffered minor bruising to her wrist.
Three passengers travelling on the coach, which was travelling northbound to the Newcastle area, were also injured in the incident.
An 81-year-old woman from Loftus, Cleveland, was taken to York District Hospital for treatment to minor injuries, however she has now been discharged.
A 77-year-old man, from the West Midlands, sustained a cut to his left shin and a 47-year-old man, from Swansea, received a cut to the bridge of his nose. Neither casualty required hospital treatment and were treated at the scene by paramedics.
Officers closed the road as they conducted their investigations and to allow for the vehicles to be recovered. A replacement coach was provided to allow the coach passengers to continue their journey.
The road was reopened at 1am on Tuesday 19 April 2011.
Emergency services yesterday (18 April 2011) attended the scene of a serious road traffic collision on the A19 Easingwold byass.
The collision occurred at 5.35pm and involved a car and a coach. The male driver of the car received serious injuries and has subsequently died in Hospital.
The coach was carrying around 40 elderly people however none of the passengers received serious injuries. A number of passengers were walking wounded with minor injuries and were treated by paramedics. The driver of the coach was also not injured. The coach passengers are currently being transferred onto another coach to continue their journey.
The road was closed for approximately five hours to allow police investigations. The entire Easingwold bypass was closed at both roundabouts either end, with a diversion through Easingwold Village.
Police are appealing for witnesses of the collision to contact them. Please call Traffic Constable Neil Cholmondeley at Thirsk Road Policing Group on 0845 6060247.