Could tragic A64 deaths have been prevented?

The scene close to where the accident happened on Saturday night
The scene close to where the accident happened on Saturday night

A councillor has called for action at a "dangerous crossing" where two people were killed on the A64 over the weekend.

The man, 51, and a woman, 52, had just got off a Coastliner double-decker bus when they were struck by the black Renault minibus just

before midnight on Saturday on the A64 at Crambeck near Malton.

The minibus was travelling west towards York when the accident happened. The two victims were pronounced dead at the scene.

Mayor of Malton Paul Andrews, who used to live in Crambeck, said: “I think it is a very dangerous crossing. It is like many parts of the A64, they have been going to do something about it for years and years and it has never happened. We are still waiting for it to be dualled. People walk across it to get to the pub in Welburn.

“It doesn’t matter which Government is in power, they do nothing and this is a very sad and tragic accident, which perhaps could have been prevented if only something had been done about improving the A64 years ago.”

Executive member for highways and road safety champion for North Yorkshire County Council Coun Don Mackenzie said it was too early to comment on the accident, but there would need to be discussions about the crossing with Coastliner.

He said: “There are clearly safety aspects we need to look at together.”

Police are appealing for witnesses, particularly anyone who saw the minibus during the evening or the Coastliner bus in the Crambeck area.