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Snow in June on the A64?

North Yorkshire police have tweeted this picture after a lorry shed its load of instant mash potato across the A64 causing traffic chaos.

Instant mash spill closes road

Motorists are being urged to avoid the A64 near Malton, North Yorkshire, after a lorry spilled its load of instant mashed potato. The mash is said to have swelled up as it covered the road causing a number of drivers to skid.

Nobody was injured in the incident which happened at 3.25pm on Saturday. Police and the fire service are currently at the scene and the road has been closed in both directions at the Castle Howard junction. The lorry is thought to have lost around a quarter of its contents.


MP urges Government to make flood protection a priority

The Government's being warned to make flood protection a priority over cost-cutting.

A report by a Commons committee says maintenance work must be kept up to prevent a repeat of last winter's floods along the Yorkshire Coast.

Thirsk and Malton MP Anne McIntosh, who is a member of the Commons committee, is also urging the Government to learn lessons from flood defences already being built in North Yorkshire.

Police release picture of train crash victim

Police have released a picture of the victim of a train crash yesterday in North Yorkshire.

Eric Ireland died when his car was hit by a train

Eric Ireland, who was 77, died after his car was struck by a train on a level crossing near Rillington.

British Transport Police say they are still investigating the circumstances of the collision.

Police name victim of Rillington train crash

The man who died after his car was hit by a train at a crossing in North Yorkshire has been named as Eric Ireland.

The 77-year-old was from Moorsholme in Scampston. Police say they are working to support his family.

Wreckage after crash at Rillington

British Transport Police are still investigating how the vehicle came to be on the tracks at the time.

Investigation work continues after level crossing crash

A pensioner who died after the car he was in was hit by a train on a level crossing in North Yorkshire is expected to be named today. The crash happened at the Ivy Lea level crossing at Rillington near Malton yesterday morning.

The line was closed for several hours while recovery work was carried out

Investigation work to establish how the car came to be on the crossing as the train approached will also continue.


Pensioner dies after car hit by a train

A pensioner has died after his car was hit by a train at a rail crossing in North Yorkshire.

The tragedy at Rillington near Malton left wreckage strewn along the tracks and led to the closure of the Scarborough to York line for almost five hours.

Tonight, services have resumed as investigators try to work out how the crash happened. Jon Hill reports.

Carnage in Malton as train hits car on crossing

Emergency services are still at the scene in Scampston, North Yorkshire where the door of the car was wedged beneath the train.

Car door ripped off by impact with train

The three-carriage TransPennine Express service became stationary around half-a-mile from where the overturned metallic turquoise 4x4 lies in a field 40 metres from the crossing.

The 77-year-old male who died is believed to be a local farmer.

Ch Insp Derek O'Mara, of British Transport Police, said: "Police got a call to report that a vehicle had been struck by a train at Ivy Lea crossing near Malton, causing a fatality to an elderly male.

"The point where the road crosses the track is a farm crossing that has phones on either side. People have to ring up a signal box to seek authority to go across the crossing to make sure it's safe.

"It's too early in the investigation to know whether that has been done or not, so that is one of the leads that we'll be looking at in our investigation with the coroner."

He added: "My thoughts and prayers are with the family. The family have not been told at this stage because we are still in the process of identifying the male.

"No other passengers were injured and all were taken by train to continue their journeys. The driver of the train is being treated for shock.Police confirmed the train line will be open as soon as possible."

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