Police praise driver who saved victim’s life in crash carnage

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A PASSING motorist who rescued a man from the wreckage of a car involved in a collision which claimed the lives of three people has been praised by police for saving the crash victim’s life.

Officers from North Yorkshire Police are continuing their investigations into the head-on collision between a Ford Focus and a Citroën van which killed three Poles who were travelling to work at a bacon factory.

Two men, aged 30 and 37, were also injured, and were both yesterday in a serious but stable condition at Hull Royal Infirmary. The 30-year-old man was travelling in the Ford Focus and was rescued by the passing motorist who stopped at the crash scene.

Traffic Sergeant Andy Fraser, who is leading the investigation, said: “I would like to thank the man who stopped at the scene and rescued one of the passengers from the Ford Focus. The man put his own life in danger and his courageous actions undoubtedly saved the man’s life.”

The crash happened on the B1248 between Wetwang and Norton, on the border of East and North Yorkshire, and police have confirmed that all three victims were Polish and living in Hull. They were a 40-year-old woman, her 18-year-old son and another man aged 47. None has been named. Two of the victims worked for the Karro Food Group, in Malton.

It was initially thought the crash had happened just after 6am on Wednesday but further investigations have established it occurred at about 5.40am. Officers have widened their appeal to trace motorists who were travelling along the road between 5.30am and 6am. They have also issued an appeal to trace the driver of a van who could be a vital witness to the events which led to the collision.

Traffic Sergeant Fraser said: “We believe that the Ford Focus had attempted to overtake the van just prior to the collision and it is crucial that we trace the driver of this van. It is entirely possible that the van driver is not aware that a collision had occurred.

“On Thursday morning, at the same time as the collision, we carried out static checks on the same stretch of road, however, this has not led to us tracing the driver.

“We are therefore appealing to anyone who travelled along that road, in a van, on Wednesday morning, in the direction of Wharram le Street, to contact us as a matter of urgency. They could be a vital witness in our investigation.”

Anyone with information is urged to call North Yorkshire Police on 101.