A man in his 20s has died following a crash between a horse and cart and a van in North Yorkshire.

Police are appealing for information about the crash, which happened at around 7.45pm on Thursday 6 August.

The horse and cart and the small Ford panel van were both travelling in the same direction when the collision happened.

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A man from the area, believed by North Yorkshire Police to be in his 20s, who was travelling in the cart suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident happened on the northbound carriageway of the A63, also known as the Great North Road, near South Milford.

Four others who were travelling in the cart – a man and three children – were taken to Leeds General Infirmary.

The man and two of the boys that were in the cart remain in hospital with serious injuries.

The fifth casualty from the cart – a boy – was discharged from hospital after receiving treatment for a knee injury.

The van driver, a 45-year-old man from Leeds, suffered minor injuries.

He was arrested in connection with the collision.

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police told H&H that the horse was injured and was taken to a nearby veterinary practice.

He added there are currently no updates.

Police are appealing to anyone who saw either a small silver van or the horse and cart before the collision or the crash itself to contact them.

Call 101, select option two and ask for the major collision investigation team at Tadcaster and quote reference number 12150136245.

Alternatively, email: MCIT@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk