A woman was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after a five-vehicle crash at Scaling Dam this afternoon.
The woman had left the Mars Lane junction on to the A171 when her Mercedes A-Class collided with a lorry heading towards Whitby.
That vehicle then collided with three other vehicles, driving in the opposite direction - a Honda CRV, Ford Fiesta and BMW 5 Series.
Two passengers in the Mercedes were also injured and taken to James Cook University Hospital by land ambulance but their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.
Highways officials estimated that the road would be closed for at least two hours while debris was cleared.
See Friday’s Whitby Gazette for the full story