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A19 northbound reopens following collision

The A19 northbound has re-opened following a six vehicle collision this morning.

The accident happened between the A1231 Wessington Way and the A184 Newcastle Road near Testo’s Roundabout. Two people have been taken to hospital.

North Yorkshire bus crash - two taken to hospital

One of the coaches involved in the crash on the A19. Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Two people have been taken to hospital after two coaches crashed on the A19 in North Yorkshire - one passenger with serious abdominal injuries.

The collision involved two single-decker holiday coaches travelling from Durham to York.

The other coach had damage to its rear end. Credit: North Yorkshire Police

The crash happened at 10am on Sunday at Bagby, three miles south of Thirsk.

The two coaches were carrying approximately 50 passengers in total.

North Yorkshire Police say two of them suffered injuries.

One passenger, who received minor injuries to the hand, has been treated at York Hospital. The other passenger received more serious abdominal injuries and is being treated at James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough.

More coaches were sent to the scene to take uninjured passengers to a safe place.


Stretch of A19 to remain closed until 10pm due to overturned tanker

An overturned tanker has meant that part of the A19 Southbound will remain closed down to one lane until at least 10pm tonight, April 2.

The lorry driver was cut free from his vehicle by emergency services and taken to James Cook University Hospital.

Credit: Cleveland Police

A single lane will be open on the A19 Southbound from the A174 turn off:

Credit: Cleveland Police

Cleveland Police have said they are expecting traffic to be extremely busy around the area, so please allow extra time for your journey.

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.

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