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6 January 2013, 07:10
A North Yorkshire Police Officer's died after crashing his car into a tree near Ripon while answering a 999 call.
At around 7pm on Saturday 5th January, the control room received a report of a road traffic collision in the village of West Tanfield near Ripon.
The police car collided with a tree and the officer driving the vehicle, who was the sole occupant, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The officer hasn't yet been identified.
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.
The officers immediate family have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.
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."
A full investigation's being carried out to find out exactly what caused the crash.
The road was closed for several hours on Saturday night to allow collision investigators to examine the scene, the Health and Safety Executive have also been informed.
Anyone who was in the area at the time and saw the vehicle or witnessed the collision is asked to call North Yorkshire Police on 101.