Third bike smash at same bend in road

Scene on the A171 where an rta occurred near the Falcon Inn.Picture Richard Ponter
Scene on the A171 where an rta occurred near the Falcon Inn.Picture Richard Ponter

A third smash inside of four months on a small stretch of road fast becoming a notorious accident blackspot left one motorcycle rider requiring hospital treatment.

On Sunday the collision between two bikes and a car occurred just after 11.25am on the A171 Scarborough to Whitby road on a double-white line bend just north of the Falcon Inn.

A spokeswoman for North Yorkshire Fire Service said both Kawasaki bikes were on fire by the time crews arrived and were destroyed by the flames.

The riders - a 49-year-old man, from Hartlepool, and a 48-year-old man, from Middlesbrough - escaped with non-life threatening rib and burn injuries and were rushed to Scarborough Hospital for treatment.

The driver of the grey Citroen Saxo car, aged 29, also from Middlesbrough, was not injured. The crash comes just two months after a Scarborough motorcyclist, aged in his late 30s, was killed in a horror smash on the same stretch of road. A 47-year-old biker, from Stockton, also died in May after crashing with a car.

Figures obtained by The Scarborough News show the full extent of the frequency of crashes on the stretch of road.

There have been six collisions since May which, including the two deaths, in which seven people were also hurt, one of them seriously.

This means that of the 11 fatal accidents on North Yorkshire’s 5,000 miles of roads in 2013, two of them have been on that short section of the A171.

A spokesman for North Yorkshire County Council said it was unable to comment on the incidents while police investigations are ongoing but they say that prior to May the last fatal collision involving a motorcycle was in 2009, following which steps were taken to improve visibility and sight lines on the A171.

Traffic Sergeant Neale Rees, of North Yorkshire Police’s Roads Policing Group, told The Scarborough News: “As with all major roads, due to the large volume of vehicles travelling along the A171 there will inevitably be collisions from time to time although that does not mean we are happy to accept this.

“Reducing the number of collisions on the county’s roads is one of the main priorities for North Yorkshire Police and will continue to be so, and along with our partners at the North Yorkshire fire service, North Yorkshire County Council and the various local councils as well as other agencies we are working hard to achieve this.

“We are trying to educate motorists about driving responsibly as well as carrying out robust enforcement and looking at engineering with the Highways Agency. We are currently planning education days with young drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists in Whitby, and Scarborough after running a similar initiative in Thirsk last weekend that was well received.”

The latest accident came as North Yorkshire Police stepped up its campaign to cut the number of deaths on the county’s roads.

On Tuesday it announced that its Mobile Safety Camera vehicles were being painted to make them even more visible to motorists in a bid to get drivers to slow down.

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy, of North Yorkshire Police, added: “Speed has been shown to be a significant contributory factor in collisions where people are killed or seriously injured. Ultimately, it can be a matter of life or death.”