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Motorcyclist critical following collision near Topcliffe

PolicePolice are appealing for witnesses to the serious collision on the A168 near Topcliffe this morning (Thursday 20 September 2012).

The collision occurred just before 10.20am on the north-bound carriageway between Topcliffe and Thirsk near The Grange turn-off.

It involved a motorcyclist riding a black Kawasaki and a white Ford pick-up which was towing a horsebox. Both vehicles were on the north-bound carriageway and collided when the pick-up and horse-box attempted a manoeuvre. The motorcycle came to rest in the central reservation as a result of the collision.

The motorcyclist, a man in his fifties from the County Durham area, sustained serious injuries as a result of the collision and was airlifted to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough where he remains in a critical condition.

The driver of the pickup, a man in his thirties from Doncaster, was arrested in connection with the crash. He is currently in police custody.

The north-bound carriageway was fully closed, while the south-bound carriageway was partially closed. The road was reopened at 2.45pm this afternoon.

Police are appealing for anyone who was travelling north or south-bound on the A168 this morning and saw either vehicles prior to the crash, or witnessed the actual collision, to contact them.

Witnesses are asked to call Traffic Constable Neil Cholmondeley on 101, select option 2 and quote his collar number Or, you can email him at


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