ONE of the main routes into Whitby was closed for two and a half hours on Wednesday morning after a car smash which left a man with serious injuries.
It happened on the A171 at around 5.30am near the junction with Skelder Bank.
Police say two cars were involved - a red Citreon Saxo and a white Vauxhall Astra van - but are unclear which direction the vehicles were travelling in.
The 43 year-old driver of the Astra had to be freed by firefighters from Whitby and Lythe stations who used hydraulic cutting gear to get him out as it was thought he had suffered spinal injuries.
He was taken by ambulance to James Cook hospital with what police describe as “serious but not life threatening injuries”.
The driver of the Saxo was treated for minor injuries at the scene but didn’t need to go to hospital.
A fire spokesman said: “There was a reasonable amount of damage. There was a lot of debris from the van and the car on the road which needed to be tidied up before they could re-open it.”