Harrogate brought to standstill after series of crashes

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Traffic in Harrogate was brought to a standstill on Monday after a serious of crashes closed roads around the town.

A major crash on the A61, which left an elderly man with life-threatening injuries, closed the road near Harewood for several hours from 2.30pm.

Firefighters fought to free the pensioner, who was trapped in a car along with two women after the crash, cutting the roof off to release them.

The man, who had been a passenger in the car, was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary with serious injuries.

The two women in the car, one aged in her 50s and the other in her 80s, were also taken to LGI by ambulance with back, shoulder and wrist injuries. They are said to be stable.

Diversions were put in place through Pool Bank as crash investigators examined the scene, the road re-opening in the early evening.

Meanwhile, in central Harrogate, firefighters were called to help a woman who became trapped in her car after a crash which closed Skipton Road.

The crash, at the junction of Grove Road and Skipton Road, involved a Toyota Yaris and a Ford Transit.

The woman was cut free by firefighters using specialist equipment and she was taken to hospital by ambulance with minor injuries.

In Hampsthwaite, a man was taken to Leeds General Infirmary after a single car crash on Rowden Lane.

And later in the evening, at 7.30pm, a man was cut free from his car after becoming trapped in a crash at the A59 near Fewston.

Firefighters were called out to help, working alongside paramedics and police to free the man, who was left in the care of paramedics.

The crash happened on the A59 between an area known as ‘dangerous corner’ and Fewston, close to Moorland Farm.

Police are now appealing for witnesses to the above incidents. Anyone with information is asked to call Harrogate Road Policing Group on 101.