UPDATED 12.30pm Saturday: Teenager released from hospital, two remain critical following moorland accident

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A TEENAGER injured in a two-vehicle collision on a moorland road has been released from hospital.

The two passengers, aged 17 and 18, remain critical in James Cook Hospital, Middlesbrough following the acciednt at around 3.15pm on Thursday (February 27).

It happened at the junction of Moor Road and the road known locally at the Tank Road, near Leyburn, North Yorkshire, close to the Bellerby Camp military ranges.

They were both passengers in a black Vauxhall Corsa.

The 17-year-old male driver of the car was taken to Leeds General Infirmary.

The Corsa was in collision with a white MINI driven by a woman in her mid-60's.

The teenagers, from the Masham and Bedale areas, were airlifted to hospital.

The woman in the MINI was taken to Darlington Memorial Hospital by road ambulance with minor injuries.

Soldiers from the Infantry Training Centre at Catterick Garrison, who were on exercise on the ranges, provided first aid until emergency services arrived.

Mike Bateman, a paramedic with the Great North Air Ambulance, attended the scene.

He said: “The nature of the incident called for a large-scale response.

“We worked alongside the police, fire service, road ambulance, Yorkshire Air Ambulance and some soldiers.

“It was a case of everyone pulling together and we're hoping for good news about the casualties.”

Police are keen to trace any witnesses to the crash.

The Corsa is believed to have driven over Grinton Moor to the crossroads and the Mini had travelled from Richmond towards Redmire.

Traffic Sergeant John Lumbard, from North Yorkshire Police roads policing group, said: “If you witnessed the collision or saw either of the cars just prior to the incident, I urge you to contact the police straight away.”

Anyone with information should call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option two, and ask for Andy Fraser or Martin Mulcaster, from the major collision investigation team.

Alternatively, information can be emailed to MajorCollisionInvestigationTeam2@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk. Please quote reference number 12140032392.

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