The Great North Air Ambulance was called to the site of a 'serious collision' involving multiple vehicles in North Yorkshire on Saturday morning (February 18).

North Yorkshire Police confirmed that the A168 had been closed near Thornton-le-Street following what they described as a 'serious collision' at around 10am this morning, and that road closures would remain in place for some time.

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Speaking to The Northern Echo, Yorkshire Ambulance Service confirmed that they were called shortly after 10am to a "two-vehicle collision involving a car and a van" on the A168 north of Thirsk.

Two ambulances and a rapid response vehicle were dispatched by Yorkshire Ambulance Service, while the Great North Air Ambulance also attended.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service confirmed that two people were injured at the site of the crash. 

One patient was taken to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough by air ambulance with serious injuries, with the other being taken to the same hospital by ambulance via road.

North Yorkshire have provided an updated statement.

A spokesperson for the force said: "Road closures were in place on this stretch of the road following a serious collision that took place at around 10.10am this morning (Saturday, 18 February).

"It is now known three vehicles were involved in the collision, and three people required hospital treatment as a result.

"The vehicles included a Ford Transit Van and a VW Campervan.

"Two women and a man were taken to hospital for treatment to serious injuries and remain there at this time.

"Our colleagues from North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and Yorkshire Ambulance Service also assisted at the scene.

"An initial collision investigation was carried out at these before the area was cleared to enable the road to safely reopen.

"Highways estimated road closures would be lifted at around 4.30pm and we thank everyone for their patience and understanding while emergency crews were in attendance.

"Anyone who was travelling in this area around the time of the collision and who may have witnessed the vehicles prior to the collision or have dashcam footage which could help officers piece together the events surrounding it, is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101."



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"Road closures are likely to be in place for some time," said North Yorkshire Police in a statement as they recommended road users avoid the area.

"Anyone who witnessed the collision or the events surrounding it please contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting reference NYP-18022023-0147."