53 coach passengers injured in accident

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More than 50 people were injured, seven seriously, after a coach collided with a stationary lorry, crashed through a central reservation, across the wrong side of a dual carriageway and into a field, yesterday.

More than 50 people were injured, seven seriously, when a coach collided with a stationary lorry, crashed through a central reservation, across the wrong side of a dual carriageway and into a field, yesterday.

Firefighters spent two hours removing the passengers from the coach ­ mostly pensioners on the last leg of a five-day tour in the Scarborough area of North Yorkshire. Witnesses to the crash on the A64 near York Racecourse, said they were astonished no one was killed. Although a girl aged 16 was airlifted to hospital in Leeds with head and back injuries, many of the other 52 casualties escaped with whiplash. The injured were treated at hospitals in York, Leeds, Harrogate and Pontefract.

The coach was heading towards Leeds at about 11am when it hit the HGV. Fire crews pulled passengers from the rear window and the final casualty was not removed until 12.50pm.

The coach company, Viscount Central from Burnley, declined to comment. The haulage company that owns the lorry, Pudsey Transport of Leeds, said its driver had called to say he was not hurt.

A telephone helpline has been set up for relatives or friends of those travelling on the coach ­ 01609 768111.

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