A171 closed 'for some time' as two people taken to hospital after 'serious' three-vehicle crash

Air ambulance at the scene of the crash on the A171
Air ambulance at the scene of the crash on the A171 -Credit:Great North Air Ambulance Service

Two people have been taken to hospital following a "serious" three-vehicle crash on the A171.

Police, fire and ambulance crews were called to the busy North Yorkshire route, near the Jolly Sailor pub, following a collision just before 3pm on Thursday. Police closed off the road and motorists were told to avoid the area - with pictures showing an air ambulance on a field nearby with a string of 999 teams in the distance.

Cleveland Fire Brigade confirmed it sent four engines to the scene, with two ambulance crews and one clinical team leader from the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) also attending. Two people have since been taken to the James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough - with their conditions currently unknown.

AA Traffic News reported that traffic was "coping well" during the incident, with the road closure being in place between Freebrough Road and Liverton Roads in both directions. Both North Yorkshire Police and Cleveland Fire Brigade described the incident as "serious" - and the road is expected to be closed "for some time".

A fire service spokesperson said: "Cleveland Fire Brigade is currently dealing with a serious road traffic collision on the A171, near to the Jolly Sailors, Moorsholm, Saltburn. Road Traffic Collision involving three vehicles. Four fire engines are in attendance from Grangetown, Redcar, Saltburn and Stockton. The road is anticipated to be closed for some time as we work with our colleagues from Cleveland Police, North East Ambulance Service and Great North Air Ambulance. We would ask you to avoid the area."

A North East Ambulance Service spokesperson said: "We were called to a road traffic collision today (2 May) shortly after 2:30pm on A171 near Moorsholm in North Yorkshire. We dispatched two ambulance crews, one clinical team leader and are being supported by our colleagues at the Great North Air Ambulance Service. Two patients were taken to James Cook University Hospital."

A Great North Air Ambulance Service spokesperson previously added: "Our critical care team was activated at 2.57pm to reports of a road traffic collision on the A171 near Scaling Dam. We had a doctor and paramedic on board our aircraft and they arrived on scene at 3.13pm. Our team are working alongside the North East Ambulance Service to assess and treat a patient."