Appeal for witnesses after man dies on Buttertubs Pass

The Buttertubs Pass. Photo: Chris Heaton.

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man died when his vehicle went over the edge on the Buttertubs Pass.

Officers want to speak to anyone who saw the black Land Rover Defender travelling on the route on Saturday morning.

Police were contacted at 10.55am Saturday with a report that a car, which had been travelling on the Buttertubs had left the road.

Emergency services attended the incident, along with volunteers from Swaledale Mountain Rescue who, due to the final positioning of the car, offered their specialist assistance.

Despite the efforts of all involved however, the driver, a local man in his 50, sadly died at the scene.

Police are appealing for witnesses who may have seen the vehicle in the moments prior to the collision to contact them.

The vehicle, which is quite distinctive, is described as black Land Rover Defender with a white roof and silver canopy.

Speaking about the appeal Traffic Sergeant Mark Patterson from the Major Collision Investigation Unit, said: “Members of the public who were travelling along that section of road on Saturday morning, may hold vital information which will help us to determine the circumstances around the incident.

“If you were in the area at the time and saw the Land Rover, I’d ask you to contact us, as the smallest amount of information may help us piece together exactly what has happened, in order for the car to leave the road.

“I’d also like to thank the Swaledale Mountain Rescue team for their assistance with this incident.

“Their skills and knowledge of the area have enabled my team to conduct and full and thorough investigation of the collision site.”

Anyone who witnessed the collision, or saw the vehicles manner of driving prior to it leaving the road, is asked to dial 101, select option 2 and ask to speak to the Major Collision Investigation Team.

You can also email , or

Please quote reference 12200006045.