Renewed appeal to find vital witness in fatal collision investigation

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Police investigating the fatal collision near Wharram le Street in which three people died have renewed their appeal to trace a vehicle seen moments before the collision.

Officers believe that the Ford Focus in which the deceased were travelling, had attempted to overtake what police now believe is a large truck, possibly 7.5 tonne, in blue or grey which was travelling towards Wharram le Street at around 5.40am.

It is possible that the driver of the truck is not aware that a collision had occurred.

Traffic Sergeant Andy Fraser who is leading the investigation, said: “It’s important that we trace the driver of this vehicle as their information could be vital to our investigation. If you were driving a truck between the Fimber roundabout and Norton between 5.30am and 6.15am on Wednesday morning, please contact the police as a matter of urgency.

The truck driver and any other witnesses who have not yet come forward are asked to call North Yorkshire police on 101, select option 2 and ask for PC Ian Barratt.

Or you can email ian.barratt@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

To recap, the crash happened at around 5.40am on Wednesday 27 November on the B1248 between Wetwang and Wharram le Street, when a black Ford Focus collided with a white Citroen van.

Three people travelling in the Focus, including a mother and son, died at the scene of the crash. Two men who were passengers in the Focus were seriously injured. They remain in Hull Royal Infirmary in a stable condition.

The driver and sole occupant of the Citroen was taken to York District Hospital and has since been discharged.

We are not yet in a position to release the identity of the deceased.




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