Pensioner critical after A61 Harrogate crash

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An elderly man is in hospital with life-threatening injuries after a serious crash at Harewood which closed the A61 for several hours on Monday.

Police say the man, passenger in a black Hyundai i30, suffered serious head injuries in the crash just past Harewood bridge and was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary for treatment.

The incident, involving the Hyundai and a black Renault Clio, happened at 2.25pm.

Firefighters were called in to help after reports that three people were trapped in the car, including the elderly man. They had to cut the roof off the vehicle to free those inside.

The driver of the Hyundai, a woman in her 50s from Leeds, suffered a back injury and was taken to the same hospital where she remains in a stable condition.

Another passenger, a woman in her 80s, is also said to be stable after suffering injuries to her shoulder and wrist.

The driver of the Renault Clio, a 21-year-old man from Harrogate, was not seriously hurt, say police.

The road was closed between the A659 Otley Road and Swindon Lane for several hours after the crash as specialist investigators examined the scene.

Commuters faced long delays with lengthy diversions put in place through Pool Bank until the early evening.

Police are now appealing for witnesses as they try to determine what happened.

Anyone with information is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 – select option 2 – and ask for TS Paul Cording or Harrogate Roads Policing Group.

Alternatively, information can be emailed to, quoting reference number NYP-19052013-0291.