Fatal collision on the A59 near Bolton Abbey – witnesses urged to contact the police
Emergency services remain at the scene of a fatal road traffic collision on the A59 in the Skipton area.
The two-vehicle collision happened near the Hambleton Garage, close to Bolton Abbey, at about 2.50pm today (Friday 14 September 2012).
It involved a green 4×4 pick-up truck pulling a sheep trailer that was heading from Skipton towards Bolton Abbey, and a small white car that had been travelling in the opposite direction in a long line of traffic from Harrogate.
A female frontseat passenger in the car suffered fatal injuries. The female driver was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary with injuries that are not believed to be life threatening.
The two male occupants in the 4×4 pick-up truck suffered facial injuries in the collision and have been taken by ambulance to Airedale Hospital for treatment.
The A59 has been closed in both directions – between the A65 junction in Skipton and the roundabout at Bolton Abbey – to allow for the police to investigate the scene and recover the vehicles.
About 20 sheep from the trailer also required rounding up and placed in another trailer.
Diversions have been put in place by Highways. It is unknown at this time how long the road will be closed. Motorists are advised to tune into local radio for the latest traffic updates.
Witnesses to the collision or anyone who may have information that could assist the investigation, should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 and select option 2, and ask for Pete Stringer or Paul Cockerill.
Update 18:35 – A59 now back open in both directions at Bolton Abbey