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Miracle escape after car hit twice on motorway

A driver and passenger had a miracle escape after their was hit twice in a matter of seconds on the A1(M) at the weekend.

Photo of the vehicle involved in collision was posted by officer @OscarRomeo1268 on Twitter Credit: Paul Cording (North Yorkshire Police)

Five people were taken to hospital, none with any serious injuries, following the crashes between Baldersby and Leeming.

The vehicle at the centre of the crashes was a Renault Clio. It was first hit by an Audi and left stranded in the outside lane on an unlit section of the motorway.

Shortly after the occupants of the Clio got out, a BMW hit the car - taking it around 100 metres down the carriageway

The northbound carriageway of the A1(M) was closed for several hours after the crashes on Saturday evening.

Police have now reiterated the importance of getting out of your car to a place of safety following a collision.

A1 near Leeming to be upgraded

A Leeds MP has welcomed a u-turn by the Government, which will see part of the A1 in North Yorkshire upgraded, but criticised the time taken to make the decision.

The last Labour government announced the planned upgrade for the North Yorkshire section of the A1 near Leeming in 2008, and George Osborne cancelled it in 2010. If he hadn't meddled with it the new improved road would have been due to open in 2014. So all he's done is waste more than two years - another piece of damaging incompetence from this hapless chancellor.

– Rachel Reeves MP, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury