Man dies and driver has lucky escape

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A man died after the car he was driving crashed on the A1 near Wetherby on Friday.

The accident happened at 12.45pm on the southbound carriageway and involved a dark silver Mercedes Benz E320 estate car containing three men.

North Yorkshire Police said the car rolled a number of times before hitting a barrier and coming to rest on its roof on the carriageway.

The driver, from Hertfordshire, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two passengers, a man from Essex and one from London, were taken to Harrogate District Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

The road was closed for a few hours, causing traffic chaos on the surrounding network of roads.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or the manner of driving of the vehicle prior to the incident is asked to contact TC Dave Seavers of North Yorkshire Police’s Roads Policing Group on 0845 60 60 24 7.

Just days later police said a motorist had a lucky escape on the A1 near Wetherby on Monday.

The driver of a silver Mazda 323, a man from Manchester, had to hurdle the crash barrier at the side of the carriageway to avoid a lorry as he stopped to change a tyre on the hard shoulder of the northbound carriageway.

He was looking for a spare tyre in the boot of his vehicle around one mile north of junction 46, just after 8.30am, when he looked over his shoulder and saw a red Scania lorry heading straight for him.

He leapt over the barrier just before the lorry collided with his vehicle, completely writing it off.

Officers are investigating the circumstances surrounding the collision and are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident to contact them with information.

Traffic Constable Rob Roberts, of Harrogate Roads Policing Group, said: “The motorist had an extremely lucky escape and fortunately he was uninjured in the incident.

“Something told him to look over his shoulder and if he hadn’t, we could have been dealing with an extremely tragic outcome.

“I am appealing to anyone who saw the collision or saw the red lorry prior to the incident to contact the police with information.”

No one has been arrested in connection with the collision.

Anyone who can help the police with their enquiries is urged to contact TC Rob Roberts, of Harrogate Roads Policing Group, on 0845 60 60 24 7, quoting reference number 12110159309.