Plea after two accidents in days on busy danger road

The A59 near the Black Bull pub and. below, the car involved in a collision on Monday (130320M1)
The A59 near the Black Bull pub and. below, the car involved in a collision on Monday (130320M1)
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A man has died and a woman has narrowly escaped serious injury after two separate accidents on the same stretch on road in just two days.

A motorcyclist – named as 63 year old Robert Wilkinson from Cowling near Keighley, died following a collision near the Black Bull pub, Felliscliffe on Sunday, March 17.

Mr Wilkinson had been riding a motorcycle towards Skipton. He was behind a silver Mercedes which had stopped behind a blue Ford Focus waiting to turn right near the Black Bull Hotel, at the junction of Constable Ridge Road, when he came off this bike.

He was struck by a Land Rover Freelander travelling in the opposite direction and died at the scene of the collision.

Police are still looking into the incident, and are appealing for witnesses to help their investigation.

Anyone who saw any of the vehicles – the Mercedes, Ford Focus, or Freelander – on the A59 before the incident is urged to call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for TC Steve Wright, collar number 1309. Alternatively, email steve.wright1309@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

A day later, another serious incident took place on the A59 near Menwith Hill, just a fe miles away.

A female driver of a Vauxhall Corsa was lucky to escape with minor injuries after her car had skidded on ice into the path of a Vauxhall Movano van travelling in the other direction, police said.

Sgt Paul Cording, of the North Yorkshire Roads Policing Group said: “She was very very lucky, when you look at the damage to the vehicle.

“If there had been a passenger in the car it might have been a different story.”

The driver of the van was uninjured, he added.

Now police have warned drivers to take care on the notoriously dangerous road.

Officers dealt with numerous incidents across North Yorkshire in Monday’s horrendous weather, Sgt Cording said, but the A59 is one of the county’s most heavily policed roads because of its worrying accident statistics, particularly on the stretch between Harrogate and Skipton.

The road is notorious for its bends, Sgt Cording added, and although it might not be any more dangerous than many others in North Yorkshire it serves as a major east-west route meaning it attracts a lot of traffic, including HGVs and holiday traffic.

He said: “People need to be aware this is a trunk road.

“I would stress the speed limit is a limit, not a target. People should rive to the conditions of the road.”