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Two die in head-on motorbike crash in North Yorkshire

Police are urging witnesses to come forward after two people died when their motorcycle collided head-on with a car in North Yorkshire.

The male rider and female pillion passenger were on a Yamaha bike which collided with a car on the slip-road for the A64 from the A162 on Wednesday.

The pair, from the Bradford area, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police want to speak to witnesses who saw the manner in which they, or the group they were with, were riding.

The group consisted of four Yamaha R1s which were white, silver, blue and grey, a black Honda CBR600 and a yellow Honda CBR1000.

The route taken by the group was from Bingley to Shipley along the A650, then past Leeds Bradford Airport at Yeadon, travelling to Pool through Arthington towards Harewood on the A658.

Road closed

The group then headed from Harewood to Collingham along the A61 before heading to Boston Spa and then Tadcaster when the collision occurred with a Vauxhall Vectra on A162 slip road onto the A64 eastbound.

Police said the 40-year-old man who was riding the motorcycle and the 37-year-old female passenger were both thrown from the bike.

The male driver of the Vauxhall, who is from the local area, escaped without injury.

The road was closed as officers began an investigation.

Traffic Sergeant Julian Pearson, who is leading the investigation into the collision, said: "As this route is not one regularly used by groups of motorcyclists, other motorists may have noticed this particular group. I would like anyone who saw a number of motorcycles travelling together along this route to contact me as soon as possible."

All of the other motorcycles in the group only had one person on the bike.

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