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Woman critical after collision


10:56am 30th June 2011

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was seriously injured in a collision near Richmond.

The 61-year-old victim, who is from the Thornaby area of Stockton-on-Tees, was the pillion passenger on a red Honda motorcycle which collided with a white Ford Transit tipper on the B6271 Brompton-on-Swale to Richmond road, at around 4.05pm on Wednesday 29 June 2011.

The motorcycle, ridden by a 62-year-old man who is also from the Thornaby area, was travelling from Richmond towards Brompton-on-Swale when it hit the tipper, which was emerging from the junction at Millbry Hill, near Broken Brae Farm.

Both motorcyclists were trapped under the tipper.

The 61-year-old woman suffered life-threatening head and spinal injuries in the collision and was airlifted to James Cook Hospital, where she remains in a critical condition.

The rider of the motorcycle sustained a minor wrist injury and the driver of the Ford tipper was uninjured but shaken by the incident.

Officers are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision to come forward.

Traffic Sergeant Clare Sawyer, of North Yorkshire Police’s Road Policing Group, said:

“This was a serious collision which has resulted in someone sustaining life-threatening injuries.

“I am appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision itself or saw either vehicle prior to the collision to contact the police with information.”

The road was closed until around 7.50pm as police conducted their investigation into the incident.

Anyone who can help the police with their enquiries is urged to contact TS Clare Sawyer, on 0845 60 60 24 7, quoting reference number 12110107206.

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