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Biker injured in crash near York
A CRASH involving a motorcyclist caused heavy tailbacks Bank Holiday traffic near York this afternoon.
Hundreds of motorists were caught in lengthy queues after the crash, which happened at just after 2.30pm between the A1237 York Outer Ring Road at Hopgrove Roundabout, and North Lane.
Traffic built up around the incident, with the road closed in both directions and motorists diverted through North Lane.
Deployment Manager Tim Reed, from North Yorkshire Police, said the biker had not been seriously injured in the crash, and although initial reports suggested the Yorkshire Air Ambulance had been called to the scene, the male biker was taken to hospital by road ambulance.
The road was closed for several hours to allow recovery of the vehicle and to clear up spillage on the road.
In another incident, a motorcyclist and a car were in collision in Scarborough at about 4.15pm, in an incident Mr Reed said was “not serious”, and the biker suffered only minor injuries, but was also taken to hospital.
Earlier this month, police officers held a safety event to urge motorcyclists to ride safely on the county’s roads, after 11 fatal motorbike accidents in North Yorkshire since January, more than double that for the whole of 2012.
Fiona Ancell, North Yorkshire County Council road safety officer, told The Press it was up to bikers to take extra care even when riding in good weather.
Speaking at the event, she said: “I ride motorbikes and I have lost mates in crashes. I don’t want to go to any more of those funerals and I don’t want anyone else to, either.
“It’s not a message bikers want to hear but a proportion of them need to improve their skills and exercise more restraint.”
Mr Reed said the traffic build up had not been too bad considering the weather and Bank Holiday, claiming the majority of reports were “ordinary Bank Holiday traffic, but fairly normal”.