Three injured at accident black-spot

24 september 2008.'Police scene on Roundhay Crescent, Harehills, this morning (wednesday).''do not cross police tape police line cordon
24 september 2008.'Police scene on Roundhay Crescent, Harehills, this morning (wednesday).''do not cross police tape police line cordon

Three injured people had to be cut free after a four-vehicle collision at an accident black-spot outside Wetherby.

A fleet of six ambulances and fire crews from West and North Yorkshire were mobilised to deal with the latest crash which happened at 8.30pm on Tuesday (February 14) on the A58 Leeds Road near Wetherby.

A van and three cars were involved in the collision about 750 metres from Wetherby police station roundabout, towards Collingham.

Four people suffered spinal, whiplash and other injuries and were taken to hospitals in Harrogate and York. One suffered a broken leg.

Fire crews from Wetherby, Stanks in Leeds, Harrogate and Tadcaster were involved in the rescue.

A Toyota Aygo saloon was a complete write-off.

A Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Combi van and a Kia saloon all had frontal damage.

Three people were trapped.

Wetherby Watch Commander Jack Farnell led the operation to free them.

“There were two people in the van and one in the Toyota,” he said.

“The doors had to come off the van. We had to cut the roof off the Toyota.

“The others were walking wounded.

“The professionalism of the fire crews and ambulance paramedics working together made this a speedy extraction,” he said.

“There was excellent liaison between the two fire services from North and West Yorkshire, and the paramedics.”

Three fast response ambulance vehicles and three ambulances were involved.

Watch Commander Farnell said: “But drivers should be warned to slow down – this is an accident blackspot,” he said.