Boy, 11, dies in A64 crash

The A64 at its junction with the A1079. Photograph © Google Street View
16 Aug 2016 @ 7.49 am
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An 11-year-old boy has died in the three-vehicle crash on the A64.

More details have been released about the accident which happened at about 1.30pm on Monday (August 15).

It involved a white Peugeot drop-sided van which was towing a trailer, a silver Vauxhall Zafira and a grey Porsche.

All the vehicles were travelling in the same direction and were in lane two when the collision happened. It took place on the east-bound carriageway at the junction with the A1079 at Grimston Bar.

The Peugeot and the Zafira are believed to have been stationary in heavy traffic at the time of the collision.

Six people from Bradford – a man and woman and their four children – were in the Vauxhall Zafira. The woman and the four children were injured.

Tragically, one of the children, an 11-year-old boy, was pronounced dead when he arrived at hospital. The woman and three other children sustained serious but believed non-life-threatening injuries.

Dash-cam footage

Police have issued an appeal to motorists and hauliers who may have any dash-cam footage of the traffic situation prior to the collision or of the collision itself.

Eye witnesses are also urged to come forward.

Sergeant Julian Pearson, of North Yorkshire Police Roads Policing Group, said:

The traffic was heavy on the A64 at the time and it’s possible that there will have been motorists, especially hauliers, who could have dash-cam footage of either the traffic situation in the moments before the crash, or have footage of the collision itself.

I urge them, or anyone else who witnessed the collision or saw any of the vehicles involved prior to the crash, to contact us.

north-yorkshire-police-logo-25How to help the police

Call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for the Major Collision Investigation Unit
Or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111
Email Sgt Julian Pearson here or the Major Collision Investigation Unit
Quote reference number 12160147041

The driver of the Peugeot van was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The driver of the Porsche, a man in his forties, sustained minor injuries and was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

He has been released on police bail while enquiries continue.

The road was closed while emergency services – including police, road and air ambulances, and the fire and rescue service – tended to the casualties and to allow collision investigators to examine the scene.

It reopened at around 9.30pm once the vehicles had been recovered.