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Two men seriously injured as lorries collide on A19

Two men are in James Cook Hospital with 'life-threatening' injuries are two lorries collided on the A19 at Ingleby Arncliffe.

The two wagons, a white Daf and a white Volvo, were both travelling along the southbound carriageway when they collided near Exleby Services in the late afternoon yesterday, 11th December.

The driver of the Daf lorry and his passenger were both seriously hurt in the collision and were taken to hospital for treatment.

North Yorkshire Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision to come forward with information by calling 101.

Victim and fiancee - photo

Andrew Nimmo and Jannine Leslie Credit: Family photo

Andrew Nimmo and his fiancee Jannine Leslie were due to marry this year. Andrew died when his truck was hit by an articulated lorry driven by John Kirk on the A19 near Middlesbrough. Kirk was jailed for five years.

My life instantly changed because I died with him that day. My soul mate, my best friend, died.

– Janinne Lesley


"A disaster waiting to happen" - investigating officer

Kirk showed no regard for the rules of the road. He ignored the strict legislation around working hours, had two jobs and went to great lengths to fabricate a false record of what work he was doing and when. He had also been speeding for most of the journey and had taken a call without a hands-free kit which lasted almost an hour.

“His disregard for road safety was blatant. This was not an accident. Due to Kirk’s driving and lifestyle, in reality it was a disaster waiting to happen. Sadly for Andrew’s family and also for Lada Khazanovych, the driver of the other vehicle hit by Kirk, that disaster happened on that fateful morning on the A19. Lada and Andrew’s family have been made to suffer significantly because of John Kirk’s irresponsible actions. Hopefully though, today will allow them to begin to move forward with their lives.

– PC Darren Cawthorne, senior investigating officer

"Our lives are shattered" - dead trucker's mother

John Kirk's total disregard for drivers hours rules and regulations have robbed our family and Janinne and her family of a wonderful and settled family life with our beloved son and Janinne's fiancé, Andrew.

“The fact that he was severely sleep deprived and had earlier also used his mobile phone illegally whilst having two warnings for it means that he will have to live with killing Andrew for the rest of his life. He was an accident waiting to happen.

“We hope there is a message here to other drivers as to the devastation these actions can have on family and friends if they flout these laws which are in place to ensure that the roads are kept safe....

"Our lives are shattered now, we can never get over losing our son."

– Gail Nimmo, Andrew Nimmo's mother

Porn-watching trucker jailed after death crash

John Kirk - jailed for five years Credit: Cleveland Police
Scene of crash on A19 Credit: Harry Whitehouse

A lorry driver who was looking at porn on his mobile phone before he fell asleep at the wheel killing another trucker has been jailed for five years.

John Kirk of Boston in Lincolnshire was driving his articulated lorry on the A19 near Middlesbrough when he ran into another lorry and a Ford Focus on the hard shoulder. Their drivers were exchanging details after a minor accident.

The truck driver who died - 24 year old Andrew Nimmo from Murton, County Durham - was due to marry his fiance Janinne Leslie within a year. The car driver, Lada Khazanovych, a pianist from Darlington, was badly injured.

Kirk had had only four to six hours sleep in the 31 hours before the crash and had also been holding down another full-time job at a printers.

Matthew Gent, defending, said that Kirk's wife had left him since the crash and he had been in jail since his last court appearance in November at his request. Kirk was jailed for five years and banned for five years and until he passes an extended driving test. He pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and falsely recording rest days.

It was a straight road and there was ample opportunity to see those vehicles. When you were alerted to their presence on waking it was too late to do anything about it

– Judge Mrs Justice Simler

Severe disruption on A19

Photo of traffic jams on A19 Tees flyover. Credit: Brian Moore

There are severe traffic problems on the A19 near the Tees flyover after an accident in which two cars caught fire.

The Highways agency confirmed that the road was closed after the accident on the northbound carriageway near the Portrack sliproad. It happened at about 5.20pm (Thursday). No one was injured.

The southbound lanes are now open again.


Appeal for witnesses to crash that killed rugby star

Police have appealed for two drivers who may have witnessed a fatal crash near Hartlepool to come forward.

Keri Holsdworth, 36, was a former Scottish rugby international. Her Renault Clio was involved in a crash on the A19 with a dark blue BMW estate at about 4:30pm on Friday 13th June. She died in hospital the next day.

Keri Holdsworth's family said they were devastated by her death Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA

Cleveland Police officers are trying to make contact with a military forces medic, driving a military ambulance, who stopped to offer first aid.

They also want to hear from the driver of a light coloured or white van who was using the nearby junction to Dalton Piercy.

Ms Holdsworth, who won 15 caps for Scotland, was working as a physiotherapist. She was described as a "positive and upbeat" person who will be sorely missed.

Appeal after man dies in A19 collision

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man from Eaglescliffe died in a collision on the northbound carriageway of the A19 near the Cleveland Tontine.

It happened just after 7pm on Tuesday 28 January at the start of the off-slip for the A172 to Stokesley when a silver Audi TT left the road and crashed into a road sign

The driver of the car, a 55-year-old man, died at the scene of the crash. He was the only occupant of the car.

Officers are appealing for anyone with anyone who saw the silver Audi travelling along the A19 at around 7pm or witnessed the collision itself, to get in contact with them.

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