A1 dualling delay slammed as pensioner killed in crash is named

Margaret Hilda Foley, 81, of South Shields, was killed in the collision on a single carriageway stretch of the road near Berwick on Monday morning

The A1 in Northumberland
The A1 in Northumberland

A Tyneside pensioner killed on a crash on the A1 in Northumberland has been named.

Margaret Hilda Foley, 81, of South Shields, was killed in the collision on a single carriageway stretch of the road near Berwick on Monday morning.

An inquest into her death was due to be opened and adjourned yesterday.

Ms Foley was travelling in a Nissan Note which collided with an articulated lorry near the Berwick bypass, 100 yards north of Haggerston, at just before noon.

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service sent two crews from Berwick at 12.03pm which cut her from her car.

Ms Foley was passed to paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service who treated her at the roadside.

She was then put in an ambulance to be taken to Wansbeck General Hospital at Ashington, but died en route.

The driver of the lorry, a 55-year-old man, escaped injury.

Ms Foley was yesterday identified by the office of North Northumberland coroner Tony Brown.

A spokeswoman said: “He is going to try and get it done this morning (open an inquest into Ms Foley’s death) and adjourned.”

The accident sparked renewed calls for the A1 to be dualled throughout Northumberland. The Government announced earlier this year that a feasibility study would be carried out into an upgrade of the road between Berwick and Morpeth.

Earlier this week, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Conservative parliamentary candidate for Berwick who has campaigned for the dualling, said: “My first thought was gosh another family whose Christmas is completely devastated by an unnecessary fatality due to a stretch of road that for far too long has been allowed to remain in a poor quality in the 21st Century.

“It motivates me sadly yet again to keep pushing forward to make sure that the feasibility report comes out as soon as possible in 2014 so that we can push for funding in next year’s budget.

“It is just a tragedy of yet another family whose family unit is destroyed by something that should have been invested in for the North East’s benefit.”

The road was closed following Monday’s accident to allow for investigations at the scene and vehicle recovery.

Northumbria Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the crash and are asking any witnesses to come forward. Anyone with information is asked to contact officers on 101, extension 69191.

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