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Praise For Hero Who Rescued Man from B1248 Crash Near Norton


4:09pm 29th November 2013

Police have praised a passing motorist who rescued a man from a crash on the B1248 near Wharram le Street in which three people, including a mum and her teenage son died.

Investigations have found the collision took place at around 5.40am, and police are asking motorists who were travelling along the road between 5.30am and 6am to contact them. They are also looking for the driver of a van who could be a vital witness to the events which led to the collision.

Traffic Sergeant Andy Fraser who is leading the investigation, said: “We believe that the Ford Focus had attempted to overtake the van just prior to the collision and it is crucial that we trace the driver of this van. It is entirely possible that the van driver is not aware that a collision had occurred.

“On Thursday morning, at the same time as the collision, we carried out static checks on the same stretch of road, however, this has not led to us tracing the driver.  

“We are therefore appealing to anyone who travelled along that road,  in a van, on Wednesday morning, in the direction of Wharram le Street, to contact us as a matter of urgency. They could be a vital witness in our investigation.”

Sgt Fraser also praised the actions of a passing motorist who stopped at the scene of the collision. He said: “I would like to thank the man who stopped at the scene and rescued one of the passengers from the Ford Focus.

“The man put his own life in danger and his courageous actions undoubtedly saved the man’s life.”

Both injured men – aged 30 and 37 - who were passengers in the Focus, remain in Hull Royal Infirmary in serious but stable conditions.

The van driver and any witnesses who have not yet come forward, are asked to call North Yorkshire police on 101, select option 2 and ask for PC Ian Barratt

Or you can email ian.barratt@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

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