York & North Yorkshire

Drivers praised for lorry fire rescue near Allerton Park

Five motorists who pulled a lorry driver from his burning vehicle after a crash may have saved his life.

Two lorries collided on the A1(M) near Allerton Park, North Yorkshire, on Monday, causing the cab of one of the vehicles to overturn.

The driver was thrown out of the cab and ended up trapped by his legs underneath it.

Police praised the motorists who stopped to help and pulled the man from the scene when fire broke out.

'Quick thinking'

The group had initially decided to wait for the fire and rescue service to arrive and free the man, as he was conscious and able to talk.

But when the fire started the group worked together to pull him away.

The driver was taken to Harrogate District Hospital and discharged after treatment.

Traffic constable Rob Roberts, of North Yorkshire Police, said: "I would like to thank the motorists who stopped to help at the scene.

"I have absolutely no doubt that their quick thinking and decisive actions saved the driver from serious injury, if not death.

"I am appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision to contact the police as soon as possible."

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