Trucker killed in horrific HGV pile-up on A1

A lorry driver has died in a collision involving three HGVs that blocked the A1 northbound throughout yesterday, causing major traffic problems in North Yorkshire.

Police said the driver who died, aged 38, from the Stockton-on-Tees area, was in a lorry carrying gas bottles that collided with another lorry, carrying a combine harvester, which was parked in a layby on the A1 near Northallerton at 2am yesterday.

The gas bottle lorry was then struck by a third HGV, which was towing a curtain-sided trailer.

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The driver of the third vehicle, aged 58, from North Lincolnshire, was taken to Darlington Memorial Hospital with serious injuries. His condition was last night described as “critical but stable”.

The northbound A1 was closed completely and did not reopen until 7.45pm, although there were further delays into the evening as traffic eased.

Congestion was earlier exacerbated by a six-car accident on the B6271 at Great Langton, which was being used at the time as a diversion route following the A1 crash.