A MAN has died in a three-vehicle crash this morning.

The crash happened on the A171 at Ugthorpe, near Whitby, at about 6.42am and involved a silver Kia Rio, a black Lexus IS and a petrol tanker.

The petrol tanker and Kia Rio were travelling towards Whitby and the Lexus was travelling towards Guisborough.

One person sadly died at the scene. Police are not in a position to name the deceased at this stage.

The driver of the Lexus was taken to hospital by air ambulance with serious but stable injuries. The driver of the tanker was uninjured.

The stretch of road is likely to remain closed until this afternoon and motorists are advised to use alternative routes until further notice.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward to assist the investigation. In particular, anyone who witnessed the collision, was travelling in the area at the time or who may have dash-cam footage.

Officers would also like to speak to the driver of vehicle, described as a Land Rover, that briefly stopped at the scene, but then continued on their journey.

Phone North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option two, and ask for the Major Collision Investigation Team or email MCIT@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk.

Please quote reference number 12190201463 when providing details about this incident.