The brave actions of motorists who rescued a mother and baby from a car before it burst into flames have been praised by police.
The mother had suffered a serious leg injury in an accident and the infant was fastened in a car seat. Both were pulled free from the vehicle by passing motorists after a collision on the A171 at Normanby, just South of Whitby.
The woman was driving a grey VW Golf when it was struck by a blue Vauxhall Vectra which police say appears to have gone out of control, crossing the road into the path of oncoming vehicles.
The Golf then caught fire when it came to rest on the grass verge.
The mother, who is aged 32 and from Whitby, was taken to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough where her condition is described as “comfortable”.
An 18-year-old man from Scarborough, who was a passenger in the Vectra, suffered serious internal and arm injuries and was taken by air ambulance to the same hospital. His condition is described as “very poorly”.
The driver of the Vectra, a 36-year-old man from Scarborough, also received treatment at the hospital for a foot injury before being discharged. He is the stepfather of the 18-year-old man.
Police are keen to trace any witnesses to the collision or recall seeing the two vehicles prior to the incident. In particular the driver of a car which was travelling behind a HGV tanker and in front of the VW Golf travelling in the direction of Scarborough from Whitby.