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Accident near Buttersyke Bar

Published by Lizzy McEllan at 4:30pm 11th January 2019.

A driver had a lucky escape when he swerved to avoid a fox on a nasty bend near Buttersyke Bar.

The barrier buckled just metres from a steep bank onto railway tracks on the A658.

Accident at Buttersyke Bar
Barrier buckled metres from a steep bank down to a busy railway line

It happened on the evening of Thursday 10 January.

The driver said he was travelling at 20mph when a fox ran out in front of the car, on the sharp bend on the road from Pool-in-Wharfedale, just before the Buttersyke Bar roundabout.

He said the fox was fine, but the car hit the kerb after swerving to avoid it, and smashed into the barrier.

Accident at Buttersyke Bar
The bank is virtually a sheer drop down to the railway line

A witness stopped and offered to call an ambulance, but the driver was uninjured.

The fox escaped unharmed - and providing it stays off the roads, will hopefully live a long and happy life after the incident.

It's uncertain at this stage whether the same can be said for the car.

Accident at Buttersyke Bar
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