VIDEO - Car bursts into flames in Harrogate

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A mum and her young baby had a narrow escape after they were knocked down by a car which then burst into flames outside a petrol station on Ripon Road.

The woman was knocked unconsious and her 10-week-old baby, in a pushchair at the time, escaped without serious injury after the crash in Harrogate at 11.45am on Saturday morning.

The car fire on Ripon Road. Picture by Liam Gerard. (S)

The car fire on Ripon Road. Picture by Liam Gerard. (S)

They were struck by a blue Peugeot 207, driven by a man in his 70s from Leeds, who mounted the pavement outside the Oakdale Texaco garage and crashed into a lamp post.

Police say his passenger, a woman in her 70s who is also from Leeds, suffered serious burns as the car then burst into flames.

She is being treated at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield. Her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police (NYP) said officers were called to the scene at 11.50am to reports of a car on fire on Ripon Road.

They arrived to find the car well alight outside the petrol station, and firefighters from Harrogate battling to extinguish the blaze.

“Fire crews from Ripon and Harrogate attended a single vehicle road traffic collision which resulted in a car fire,” a spokesman for the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (NYFRS) said in a statement.

“The driver and passenger were out of the vehicle upon arrival being treated by paramedics.

“Casualties were transported to hospital via road ambulance.”

The woman and her young baby, along with another young child who was present at the time of the crash, were taken to Harrogate District Hospital by paramedics for treatment.

It is understood they were kept in overnight for observations but escaped the crash without serious injury.

The A61 Ripon Road remained closed for several hours after the crash as firefighters and police cleared the scene.

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said it was reopened to the public at 1.30pm.

The cause for the crash is still being investigated.

Video report by Liam Gerard