87-year-old injured in crash at Scotch Corner

Police are appealing for information after an 89-year-old man suffered serious injuries in a collision near Scotch Corner.

It happened at around 3.40pm on Wednesday on the A6108 at Barracks Bank and involved a silver Volkswagen Polo and a Ford Transit van.

The driver of the Polo, 89, was airlifted to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough with serious injuries where he currently remains.

The driver of the van was taken to James Cook Hospital by road ambulance and remains in hospital.

Police are appealing to anyone who saw either of the vehicles prior to the collision or who witnessed the actual crash to contact them.

It is believed that the 89-year-old man was returning from a church service in Keld in Swaledale to his home near Darlington and officers are also appealing to anyone who saw a silver Polo travelling from Keld to Scotch Corner and noticed the manner of driving to contact them. They are also appealing to anyone who was at the church service in Keld to contact them.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Richmond Road Policing Group or email tony.leonard@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

Please quote reference number 12170075891 when passing on information.

The road was closed to attend to the casualties and to allow collision investigators to examine the scene. It reopened at around 8pm.