Two people have been taken to hospital today (Thursday, January 12) after a two-vehicle crash on a busy North Yorkshire road.

Two people were taken to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough after a crash on the A169, near Whitby, which resulted in the closure of the road between the Beck Hole turn off and the Goathland turn off.

A Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) spokesperson said they received reports of the crash, which involved a Ford C-Max and Citreon van, today at 12:38pm.

They confirmed two ambulances and an air ambulance were deployed to the scene, between Whitby and Pickering, where one person was airlifted to hospital and another was taken by road.

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A YAS spokesperson said: "We received an emergency call at 12.38pm today to reports of a collision between two vehicles on the A169 between Whitby and Pickering, close to the Goathland turning. 

"Two ambulances and the air ambulance were dispatched to the scene.

"One patient was conveyed by air ambulance and one patient was conveyed by road ambulance to James Cook Hospital."

This comes after there were reports of a collision on the A169, which one witness described as a "bad crash."

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Meanwhile, North Yorkshire Police (NYP) issued a warning to motorists that the road was closed, and advised drivers to take alternative routes.

They have also asked anyone who may have witnessed the incident to call them on 101 using reference incident 173.

An NYP spokesperson said: "The A169 is currently closed at Goathland following an earlier collision involving a brown Ford C-Max and a white Citroen van.

"Traffic can travel through Goathland to get through.

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"This route is not suitable for HGV's."

According to AA traffic maps, the road remains closed at the time of writing.

The Northern Echo has contacted Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) for more information on the incident.