Woodmansey crash: Woman in hospital as A1174 close for three hours
A WOMAN was rushed to hospital with possible spinal injuries after a three-car crash in Woodmansey.
The crash happened at the junction of the A1174 and Tokenspire Business Park, on a stretch known as Hull Road.
It involved a black Mini Cooper, a silver Vauxhall Astra and a red Toyota Celica.
The A1174 was closed for about three- and-a-half hours, disrupting morning traffic and two bus services.
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A spokesman for operator East Yorkshire Motor Services said: "As far as Beverley to Hull buses were concerned, they were badly delayed, but we were able to get people through."
Fire crews were called to the village from Beverley station at 6.51am yesterday. They arrived on the scene at 7.05am.
Firefighters cut the Mini's 20-year-old woman driver from her car and carried her to an ambulance on a board used for people with suspected spinal injuries.
Police said her injuries were serious but they are not believed to be life-threatening.
The drivers of the other two cars freed themselves from their vehicles and were also taken to hospital. They have both since been released.
Police closed the road until about 10am, forcing the 121 and 246 bus services to use an alternative route.
The 121 service runs to Hull from Scarborough and the 246 runs from Hornsea.
The bus company spokesman said: "The road was closed between Woodmansey village and the Beverley Beck flyover at Lakeminster Park.
"We had to miss the stops at Woodmansey and Dunswell.
"Unfortunately, where the road was closed, there's not really any other way round apart from going back through Beverley."
Sergeant Martin Moore, of Humberside Police's traffic department, is investigating the circumstances around the crash.
He said: "A number of road closures had to take place, which caused considerable delays to a lot of folk on the way to work.
"Initially, it was believed the accident could well have been life-threatening and we had to deal with oil spillages on the highway.
"It was not a decision that was taken lightly but when you have got potentially life-threatening injuries and danger on the road, you have to close it."
The officer said he hoped drivers understood.
He said: "I would like to thank the public for their patience at a very difficult time."
And although the police do not yet know how the crash was caused, he urged drivers to take care.
He said: "We would warn you to consider your driving and the danger you pose to others.
"It can cause massive inconvenience if a road has to be closed."
Officers are now investigating how the crash happened and if anyone can be held responsible for it.
The police are appealing for witnesses to come forward. Anyone with information should call 101, quoting log 65 of Tuesday, September 18.