The first pictures have emerged of a crash a man miraculously escaped after being trapped against a tree on a North Yorkshire road.

Yesterday morning (December 7), emergency services attended a crash at 7:45am between two lorries and a car on the A1 Northbound in Richmond.

The crash occurred between Catterick and Scotch Corner, and was attended by North Yorkshire Police and County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service (CDDFRS).

The collision left the driver of the car trapped in the vehicle, against a tree next to approximately a 10 metre drop.

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Thankfully, the driver was able to walk away from the incident after fire crews stabilised the vehicled and removed the windscreen from the car.

In a statement, a Richmond Fire Station spokesperson said: "This morning at 0745, crews from Richmond, Darlington and Northallerton responded to a road traffic collision on the A1 north bound between Catterick and Scotch Corner, person trapped in the vehicle, against a tree next to approximately a ten metre drop.

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"On arrival the officer in charge immediately tasked the crews with stabilising the vehicle using a Tirfor, (a piece of equipment used for used for pulling/lifting) due to the vehicle been in a precarious position.

"Once the vehicle was stable, crews cut the front windscreen out, and miraculously the driver with a little help from firefighters, walked out of the vehicle and into awaiting paramedics."

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In a statement today, a CDDFRS spokesperson confirmed they attended the scene just before 8am and left shortly before 9am.

They said: "A request from North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service for assistance at a road traffic collision came into CDDFRS control just before 8.00am on Wednesday, December 7.

"The collision between junctions 52 and 53 on the A1 was attended by a crew from Darlington alongside North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue and other emergency services colleagues.

"Crews worked swiftly to assess and deal with the collision and those affected, leaving the scene just before 9.00am.”

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Yesterday, a National Highways Yorkshire spokesperson said: "This update comes after there were reports yesterday of a serious collision on the A1, which caused the road to close.

"The crash was at junction 52 of the A1(M) near Catterick, a stretch of road almost half a mile long.

"Two lanes are closed on the #A1M northbound between J52 #Catterick and J53 #Penrith due to a collision involving 2 lorries and a car.

"North Yorkshire Police and emergency services are on scene. Please take care on approach and allow extra time for your journey."

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