51-year-old biker dies after A19 crash that closed road for six hours
A motorcyclist has died after a serious road accident which closed a major route for six hours.
The fatal crash happened on the southbound carriageway of the A19 between the A174 Thornaby and the A172 Ingleby Arncliffe.
Emergency crews were called to the scene around 8am on Wednesday and the road was finally reopened around 2pm. The driver of a blue Ford KA collided with a silver Yamaha motorcycle, the motorist was slightly injured but the 51-year-old motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.
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A force spokesman said: “The car, a Ford KA, was approaching the A19 heading towards Cross Lane in Ingleby Arncliffe. The motorbike was heading south on the A19.
“Unfortunately the driver of the motorcycle, a 51-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the car suffered minor injuries and is assisting our investigations.”
At one point, traffic lined up for three miles as police set up diversions. A North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue spokesperson said they attended the scene with one device.
Shortly before this incident, a three-car crash occurred on the A174 near Stainton at around 7am, causing delays and queues. Here one lane has been blocked on the westbound carriageway of the A174 from B1365 to B1380 Low Lane. Rescuers rushed to the scene.
North Yorkshire Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the fatal collision on Wednesday morning to provide information. They are encouraged to call 101, select option two and ask for Jon Moss; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone with information should quote reference number 12220083345.