Appeal over crash as woman, 80, dies

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A horrific Bank Holiday crash on the A64 near Ganton has claimed the life of an 80-year-old woman.

Police have confirmed that the woman, who was a passenger in the grey Ford Mondeo towing a caravan, was from Hartlepool.

132203e 'The scene of a fatal RTA between Ganton and Potter Brompton involving a Vauxhall Astra,a Ford Mondeo towing a caravan and a BMW estate car'Picture by Neil Silk'27/05/13

132203e 'The scene of a fatal RTA between Ganton and Potter Brompton involving a Vauxhall Astra,a Ford Mondeo towing a caravan and a BMW estate car'Picture by Neil Silk'27/05/13

A man also suffered a fractured leg in the incident, which happened halfway between Ganton and Potter Brompton on Bank Holiday Monday at 1.15pm.

The collision, which involved a blue Vauxhall Astra and a blue BMW as well as the Ford Mondeo towing the caravan, closed the road in both directions. Police were at the scene until around 8pm while officers investigated the incident and the vehicles were recovered.

Local residents in Ganton have expressed their shock and sadness following the incident.

Neil Rogers, chairman of the Ganton Road Safety Campaign Group, said: “We are deeply saddened by what has happened.

“It’s awful that there has been a fatality just 100 metres out of the village on the approach to Ganton.”

The group has been campaigning for road safety measures to be put in place in Ganton for the past two years, following a number of road traffic collisions in the area.

Mr Rogers said that he did not wish to comment on the circumstances of Monday’s crash, but confirmed that the group was still actively campaigning to make the stretch of road safer and that they were due to meet on Monday.

He added that since the campaign began, positive additions to the village have been made, such as rumble strips and signage asking people to drive carefully.

Mr Rogers said that the group’s ultimate goal would be to get a speed restriction in force of 30 or 40mph through the village.

He added: “We’re keen to do everything we can to make it a safer stretch of road.”

Police officers are appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision to contact them with information.

Traffic Sergeant Hamish Halloway, of North Yorkshire Police’s Roads Policing Group, said: “I am appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision or saw any of the vehicles involved prior to the incident to come forward as soon as they can.

“In particular a blue Vauxhall Astra that was seen travelling on the A64 near to Malton and Scarborough in the morning prior to the collision and its manner of driving.”

Anyone who can help is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 – select option 2 – and ask for Hamish Halloway, quoting incident number 12130085320. Or email hamish.halloway@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk