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Tragedy as HGV driver dies in crash as police close A19 for over nine hours

Emergency services, including ambulance, air ambulance, the fire service and the police, were alerted to a crash on the southbound carriageway - about one mile past the Osmotherley turn-off - at 10.30am. <i>(Image: NORTHERN ECHO)</i>
Emergency services, including ambulance, air ambulance, the fire service and the police, were alerted to a crash on the southbound carriageway - about one mile past the Osmotherley turn-off - at 10.30am. (Image: NORTHERN ECHO)

Police are investigating after a HGV driver died following a serious collision off the A19 near Northallerton on Wednesday (February 1).

Emergency services, including ambulance, air ambulance, the fire service and the police, were alerted to a crash on the southbound carriageway - about one mile past the Osmotherley turn-off - at 10.30am.

Despite the best efforts to save the HGV driver’s life, police confirmed on Wednesday evening that he died at the scene at 11.27am.

Read more: A19 Live: Road blocked near Northallerton after serious HGV crash

The man’s family are being contacted about the tragic incident.

The stretch of road remained closed until 7.40pm while collision investigators examined the scene and to allow the heavy goods vehicle to be safely recovered.

National Highways teams managed the diversions and cleared debris from the road.

Officers from North Yorkshire Police have launched an investigation and they are urging witnesses to the collision and motorists with dash-cam footage to come forward to assist the investigation.

They particularly need to hear from anyone who recalls seeing the heavy goods vehicle prior to the incident.

If you can help, make a report via the North Yorkshire Police website or by emailing the Major Collision Investigation Unit at mcit@northyorkshire.police.uk, quoting the North Yorkshire Police reference number 12230019357 when providing details.