Police officer dies after his patrol car crashes into a tree while answering 999 call
07:51 GMT, 6 January 2013
09:09 GMT, 6 January 2013
A police officer answering an emergency call was killed when the patrol car he was driving crashed into a tree.
The officer, who has not yet been named, died at the scene after the crash at 7pm yesterday in the village of West Tanfield, near Ripon, North Yorkshire.
North Yorkshire Police said that members of the policeman's family have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.
The road was closed for several hours following the crash and a full investigation into what happened has been launched.
The police officer died last night after his patrol car hit a tree in West Tanfield, North Yorkshire
Temporary Chief Constable Tim Madgwick said: 'This is terrible and tragic news and the thoughts of everyone at North Yorkshire Police are with the officer's family at this sad and very difficult time.
'Everyone is shocked and saddened by the news of his death and I speak for every member of the force in extending our heartfelt sympathies to his family, friends and colleagues.'
The road was closed for several hours last night as collision investigators examined the scene.
The Health and Safety Executive has also been informed and an investigation will be carried out into the cause of the collision, police said.
Anyone who was in the area at the time and saw the vehicle or witnessed the collision is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101.