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Police appeal as car enters reservoir


11:06am 16th May 2012

Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious road traffic collision near Skipton.

At around 1.20pm on Tuesday 15th May 2012 a black Land Rover Defender left the A65 between Skipton and Addingham, crashing through a wall and into Chelker Reservoir.

Two women who were travelling in the Land Rover managed to get themselves out of the vehicle to safety.

The driver, a woman believed to be in her 50s was uninjured in the collision. However, her passenger, an 89-year-old local woman, was seriously hurt and was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary.

She remains in hospital where she is being treated for head injuries which are described as serious but not life-threatening.

The A65 was closed until 5.15pm as police conducted investigations into the collision and the Land Rover was recovered from the water.

Officers are appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision to contact them with information.

Traffic Sergeant Pete Stringer, of Craven Roads Policing Group, said:

“I am appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision to get in touch with the police as soon as possible. You may have information which is vital to the investigation.

“I would also like to hear from anyone who saw the vehicle travelling from Skipton towards Addingham prior to the collision occurring.

“This was a frightening experience for the occupants of the Land Rover and I would like to thank the members of the public who helped them and the police at the scene.”

Anyone who can help officers with their enquiries is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 – select option 2 – and ask for Craven Roads Policing Group.

Please quote reference number 1212007707 when calling with information about this incident.

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