Police hunt Cleveland camper van thieves after tanker and coach crash in North Yorkshire

A MILK tanker driver was injured after smashing into a coach and an abandoned camper van on an unlit moorland road.

The National Express coach heading for Whitby on the A171 near Scaling Dam hit the camper van, which had been stolen from the Cleveland area, as it was on the side of the road.

Shortly after the initial crash at 5.50am today (Wednesday, January 2), the milk tanker which was heading towards Guisborough, ploughed into the coach and van.

Firefighters rescued the trapped driver of the coach, which was not carrying passengers, by smashing his windscreen.

The milk tanker driver was treated at the scene for facial cuts by paramedics after his head hit his windscreen in the crash.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said the road remained closed for five hours after the crash and that their Cleveland counterparts were hunting for the camper van thieves.

He said: “It was an irresponsible place to leave the camper van. Fortunately, nobody was seriously injured as a result of the incident.”

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12:33pm Wed 2 Jan 13

chrisby33 says...

While I agree the thieves were stupid for leaving the caper at the side of the road... What the hell were the other two "professional drivers" doing? a camper van is pretty big to see... a camper van and a coach bigger still!

How did they manage to not see them?
While I agree the thieves were stupid for leaving the caper at the side of the road... What the hell were the other two "professional drivers" doing? a camper van is pretty big to see... a camper van and a coach bigger still! How did they manage to not see them? chrisby33

12:58pm Wed 2 Jan 13

battboy77 says...

chrisby33 wrote:
While I agree the thieves were stupid for leaving the caper at the side of the road... What the hell were the other two "professional drivers" doing? a camper van is pretty big to see... a camper van and a coach bigger still! How did they manage to not see them?
where you there like? do you know all the facts you pillock!!!
[quote][p][bold]chrisby33[/bold] wrote: While I agree the thieves were stupid for leaving the caper at the side of the road... What the hell were the other two "professional drivers" doing? a camper van is pretty big to see... a camper van and a coach bigger still! How did they manage to not see them?[/p][/quote]where you there like? do you know all the facts you pillock!!! battboy77

1:05pm Wed 2 Jan 13

chrisby33 says...

battboy77 wrote:
chrisby33 wrote:
While I agree the thieves were stupid for leaving the caper at the side of the road... What the hell were the other two "professional drivers" doing? a camper van is pretty big to see... a camper van and a coach bigger still! How did they manage to not see them?
where you there like? do you know all the facts you pillock!!!
battboy77 i asked a simple question that any normal driver would be required to answer by the police. It clearly says in the article that he camper was at the SIDE OF THE ROAD, not in it!

Even if it didnt have lights on, it is a big object to miss.

Keep your childish insults to yourself you idiot.
[quote][p][bold]battboy77[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chrisby33[/bold] wrote: While I agree the thieves were stupid for leaving the caper at the side of the road... What the hell were the other two "professional drivers" doing? a camper van is pretty big to see... a camper van and a coach bigger still! How did they manage to not see them?[/p][/quote]where you there like? do you know all the facts you pillock!!![/p][/quote]battboy77 i asked a simple question that any normal driver would be required to answer by the police. It clearly says in the article that he camper was at the SIDE OF THE ROAD, not in it! Even if it didnt have lights on, it is a big object to miss. Keep your childish insults to yourself you idiot. chrisby33

10:32pm Wed 2 Jan 13

hottopic says...

The article says it is an "Accident Blackspot", the fact 2 professional drivers had an accident in this same spot in a short period of time supports it being an accident blackspot.
The article says it is an "Accident Blackspot", the fact 2 professional drivers had an accident in this same spot in a short period of time supports it being an accident blackspot. hottopic

10:34pm Wed 2 Jan 13

hottopic says...

hottopic wrote:
The article says it is an "Accident Blackspot", the fact 2 professional drivers had an accident in this same spot in a short period of time supports it being an accident blackspot.
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[quote][p][bold]hottopic[/bold] wrote: The article says it is an "Accident Blackspot", the fact 2 professional drivers had an accident in this same spot in a short period of time supports it being an accident blackspot.[/p][/quote]http://www.thenorthe rnecho.co.uk/news/10 136848.Tanker_and_co ach_drivers__lucky_t o_be_alive__after_cr ash/ hottopic

10:06am Thu 3 Jan 13

chrisby33 says...

hottopic wrote:
hottopic wrote:
The article says it is an "Accident Blackspot", the fact 2 professional drivers had an accident in this same spot in a short period of time supports it being an accident blackspot.
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Even if it is in an accident blackspot, there is no excuse for poor driving.

this it is a well known Blackspot, so you drive to the conditions. I have driven on the road for many years and know the spot where it happened. I have never had a crash or near miss there.... Why??? because i am aware of what dangers could be about and drive accordingly.
[quote][p][bold]hottopic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hottopic[/bold] wrote: The article says it is an "Accident Blackspot", the fact 2 professional drivers had an accident in this same spot in a short period of time supports it being an accident blackspot.[/p][/quote]http://www.thenorthe rnecho.co.uk/news/10 136848.Tanker_and_co ach_drivers__lucky_t o_be_alive__after_cr ash/[/p][/quote]Even if it is in an accident blackspot, there is no excuse for poor driving. this it is a well known Blackspot, so you drive to the conditions. I have driven on the road for many years and know the spot where it happened. I have never had a crash or near miss there.... Why??? because i am aware of what dangers could be about and drive accordingly. chrisby33

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