A19 reopens following fatal crash involving lorry and agricultural vehicle

Darlington and Stockton Times: A19 closed in both directions by serious crash A19 closed in both directions by serious crash

A MAN has died following a collision between a lorry and an agricultural vehicle on the A19, in North Yorkshire, yesterday.

The accident happened near Thimbleby, between Northallerton and Thirsk, at around 2.50pm.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “We can now advise that sadly, the driver of the lorry, a man from Derbyshire, died at the scene of the collision."

The road remained closed in both directions into the early hours of the morning to allow collision investigators to examine the scene and recover the vehicles.

The spokesman said the lorry and a crop sprayer involved in the crash were both travelling north-bound on the A19.

The lorry collided with the crop sprayer and crossed the central reservation, before leaving the south-bound carriageway near the Thimbleby turnoff, coming to rest in a wooded area at the side of the road.

The driver of the crop sprayer was uninjured.

Any witnesses to the collision, including anyone who saw either of the vehicles prior to the crash, are asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for the Major Collision Investigation Team, or email mcit@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

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6:06pm Fri 18 Jul 14

GtMatt says...

So at what point are the police and DVLA going to restrict farm vehicles on dual carriage-ways? either that or have a minimum speed limit imposed.

I have lived in Northallerton now for 6 years and at least once every two months we have diverted traffic which causes havoc due to the A19 being shut, and at least 50% of those times it has to do with collisions including farm vehicles. How can they keep ignoring the problem when people are dying......

Before Northallerton I lived in Catterick Village which had the exact same problem but on the A1. I'm gobsmacked how nothing is being done about it.... I understand the farm vehicles do need to get from A to B but there are lots of back roads in the area surrounding all the crash sites, and also farm vehicles are made to go off-road so why risk peoples lives just to get to or from the farms 10mins quicker.

I have had my own experience on the A19 Southbound of normal paced traffic meeting a "crawling" farm vehicle and its horrific. I had a HGV inches from my rear bumper as I had to slam on as one pulled out of a field entrance in front of me, pulling to the right was impossible as the fast lane was full.

Shameful of the government, council, police, and DVLA to not recognise this is a huge problem that need immediate response.

My thoughts go out to the HGV drivers family and friends.
So at what point are the police and DVLA going to restrict farm vehicles on dual carriage-ways? either that or have a minimum speed limit imposed. I have lived in Northallerton now for 6 years and at least once every two months we have diverted traffic which causes havoc due to the A19 being shut, and at least 50% of those times it has to do with collisions including farm vehicles. How can they keep ignoring the problem when people are dying...... Before Northallerton I lived in Catterick Village which had the exact same problem but on the A1. I'm gobsmacked how nothing is being done about it.... I understand the farm vehicles do need to get from A to B but there are lots of back roads in the area surrounding all the crash sites, and also farm vehicles are made to go off-road so why risk peoples lives just to get to or from the farms 10mins quicker. I have had my own experience on the A19 Southbound of normal paced traffic meeting a "crawling" farm vehicle and its horrific. I had a HGV inches from my rear bumper as I had to slam on as one pulled out of a field entrance in front of me, pulling to the right was impossible as the fast lane was full. Shameful of the government, council, police, and DVLA to not recognise this is a huge problem that need immediate response. My thoughts go out to the HGV drivers family and friends. GtMatt
  • Score: 8

7:57pm Fri 18 Jul 14

theartistformallyknownasoutragedofmiltonkeynes says...

While i echo your sentiments i would like to point out that the "fast lane" and the idiots who sit in it are also a massive problem to the safety of other road users. Pull out, overtake, pull in again. Do not sit there because you can see a wagon a mile in the distance. How many times have you driven along a virtually empty inside lane restricting your own speed because the overtaking lane is nose to tail with pillocks getting nowhere fast.

My thoughts are also with the family of this gentleman.
While i echo your sentiments i would like to point out that the "fast lane" and the idiots who sit in it are also a massive problem to the safety of other road users. Pull out, overtake, pull in again. Do not sit there because you can see a wagon a mile in the distance. How many times have you driven along a virtually empty inside lane restricting your own speed because the overtaking lane is nose to tail with pillocks getting nowhere fast. My thoughts are also with the family of this gentleman. theartistformallyknownasoutragedofmiltonkeynes
  • Score: 8

11:36pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Yorkshire74 says...

I understand your concerns, but it is a bad idea to banish agricultural vehicles to using single carriageway roads only. This would only cause more accidents from careless drivers attempting to overtake where they shouldn't and causing a head on collision with oncoming traffic. At least on dual carriageways vehicles have the means of overtaking the slow moving vehicle safely. Farm vehicles are large, brightly coloured and are required by law to have an orange flashing beacon to make them easy enough to see for drivers to react accordingly. My thoughts are with the HGV driver's family and friends as well.
I understand your concerns, but it is a bad idea to banish agricultural vehicles to using single carriageway roads only. This would only cause more accidents from careless drivers attempting to overtake where they shouldn't and causing a head on collision with oncoming traffic. At least on dual carriageways vehicles have the means of overtaking the slow moving vehicle safely. Farm vehicles are large, brightly coloured and are required by law to have an orange flashing beacon to make them easy enough to see for drivers to react accordingly. My thoughts are with the HGV driver's family and friends as well. Yorkshire74
  • Score: 11
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