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Two crashes in two days on notorious A65 stretch
3:05pm Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
Accidents closed the notorious A65 road on two consecutive days this week.
In one incident, a couple escaped with minor injuries after their Peugeot 307 hit a wall and flipped onto its roof and in the other, three people were hurt, one seriously, when two cars collided head-on.
The first crash happened about 3.25pm on Friday and involved a Peugeot 307, being driven by Geoff Parker who was visiting the area.
Both he and his partner were taken to Airedale Hospital for a check up.
He has since sent a letter to the Craven Herald apologising for the inconvenience caused and thanking passers-by and the emergency services for their help.
“We are lucky to be alive and to have had these people around us,” he said.
The other, more serious, accident occurred on Saturday afternoon and closed the road for seven hours.
One of the drivers, a 34-year-old local woman, was freed from the wreckage by local firefighters and was taken to Airedale Hospital with serious injuries. She was later transferred to Leeds General Infirmary.
She was driving a red Volkswagen Polo, which was in a head-on collision with a blue Hyundai Coupe near the junction of Sour Lane at around 5.10pm.
The Hyundai was travelling towards Gargrave and the Polo in the opposite direction. A passenger in the Volkswagen, a local woman in her 40s, was taken to Airedale Hospital with rib injuries.
The Hyundai ended up on its roof, but the driver, a 78-year-old man from the Lincolnshire area, escaped with only minor injuries.
Police are appealing for witnesses who saw either of the vehicles prior to the crash or witnessed the actual collision.
Anyone who can assist is asked to contact TC Steve Gardner at North Yorkshire Police on 101 or email email@example.com The road was closed until midnight to allow collision investigators to examine the scene and for the vehicles to be recovered.