Horror crash in North Yorkshire leaves two teens dead and seven injured

Nick Reilly

Two boys have died in a horrific car crash which left two other teenagers in a critical condition and five other people injured.

The two 17-year-olds who died in the collision on the A61 in North Yorkshire have been named locally as Mason Pearson and George Turner, both from Thirsk.

Two other teenagers remain in a critical condition in hospitals in Middlesbrough and Leeds, confirmed North Yorkshire Police.

Two younger children – including a six-month-old baby – were among the seven people injured in the two-vehicle crash.

Seven land ambulances and an air ambulance were called to the scene on Wednesday night as well as a second helicopter from the coastguard.

Friends and loved ones left floral tributes at the scene of the fatal crash (PA)
A six-month-old baby was among the seven people injured in the crash (PA)

The teens who died were rear seat passengers in a green Volkswagen Bora, which was in collision with a black Ford Focus heading in the opposite direction, a force spokesperson said.

Another two passengers who were in the same vehicle, an 18-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy, are in a critical condition at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough and Leeds General infirmary respectively.

The driver of the Bora, a 22-year-old man, is receiving treatment at James Cook University Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, the spokesman added.

Police at the scene of the crash in North Yorkshire on Thursday morning. (Mercury/Charlotte Graham)

While the driver of Focus, a 27-year-old man from outside the area, was discharged from the same hospital following treatment.

A passenger in that car, a 24-year-old woman, is still receiving treatment at the hospital.

A three-year-old girl and a six-month old baby boy have also been kept in hospital for observations as a precaution, the spokesman said.

The spokesman said: ‘Officers are continuing to appeal for people to come forward to assist the investigation, including witnesses to the actual collision, anyone who recalls seeing any of the vehicles involved prior to the incident, and anyone who may have dash-cam footage that could help with inquiries.’


Thirsk Cricket Club paid tribute to Turner on Twitter. The club said that its members were ‘deeply saddened to hear about the passing of club member George Turner, the thoughts of everyone at TCC is with his family and friends in this difficult time.’

Friends visited the scene on Thursday and left flowers and tributes.

One said: ‘Love you both lads forever in my thoughts. Brothers for life – GT and Mason.’

The crash happened on the A61 between Busby Stoop and Carlton Miniott near Thirsk at around 9.25pm.

A stretch of the road was closed while the scene was examined, but North Yorkshire Police said it reopened at 4.45am.