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Lorry crash closes A1 for ten hours
1:30pm Saturday 26th October 2013 in News
A LORRY driver had to be freed from his cab by firefighters after his vehicle jack-knifed in heavy rain and crashed onto its side.
The A1 in North Yorkshire was closed for almost ten hours following the accident, which happened at 8.10pm yesterday near Junction 47 at Allerton Park, near Harrogate.
The lorry, which was carrying bottled water, was travelling south but jack-knifed and veered across the central reservation on to the northbound carriageway, before coming to rest on its side.
The driver had to be freed by fire crews and was taken to Harrogate District Hospital with minor injuries.
The occupants of a car travelling behind the lorry hit the central reservation but were all unhurt.
Police want to trace a vehicle which overtook the lorry just before to the crash.
Its make and colour are unknown and it is possible the driver is unaware of the collision.
Repairs were needed to 200 metres of barrier along the central reservation following the crash and motorists were advised to avoid the area.
Any witnesses are asked to phone Thirsk Roads Policing Group on 101 or to email firstname.lastname@example.org