POLICE have renewed their appeal for witnesses after a car crashed into a garden pond and seriously injured two men.

The crash took place on Sandy Lane, in Stockton-on-the-Forest, at around 12.05am on Wednesday and involved a blue Mini Cooper with a large spoiler and a blue Vauxhall Astra, which burst into flames shortly following the crash.

Both vehicles were travelling away from York city centre when the 22-year-old driver of the Mini, from Wetherby, lost control and partially submerged the car in a large garden pond.

He was taken to York Hospital along with an 18-year-old male passenger from Tadcaster, one with minor and one with serious injuries.

Another passenger, a 20-year-old man from Tadcaster was taken to Leeds General Infirmary with serious leg injuries.

The Astra continued driving on Sandy Lane before leaving the road at the junction with Common Lane, where it burst into flames. The 25-year-old male driver from York was taken to York Hospital with minor injuries.

The road was closed until 10am Wednesday 11 October to allow the extensive collision scene to be investigated by police.

Police are still keen to trace any other witnesses who saw either vehicle before the crash, particularly those who may have any dash cam footage or from residents of the Stockton Lane area who have CCTV footage which covers the main road.

Anyone with any information should phone police on 101, select option two and ask to speak to TC Mark Patterson.

You can also e-mail Mark.Patterson@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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