A LORRY driver had to ram his vehicle in the escape lane on Blue Bank after struggling to get up the hill.
The truck had to jack-knife and was left stranded in the middle of the road on Tuesday morning with its back wheels firmly planted in the gravel.
Eye witnesses thought the lorry had struggled to get up the incline and lost traction, possibly due to frost and icy conditions.
It started rolling back down the hill with the escape lane being the best way of bringing it to a stop.
Police were called to close off the side of Blue Bank which heads into Sleights while a recovery truck travelled from Scarborough.
It led to traffic chaos as lorries who had been stopped at the bottom of Blue Bank, near the Plough pub, so vehicles could come off the moor road, struggled themselves to make it up the hill from a standing start.
One started rolling back down the hill almost hitting the car behind it.
Within a couple of hours the road was re-opened after a pick up truck managed to tow the lorry out and to the top of Blue Bank setting the driver back on his way.