Witnesses are being sought after a two-car crash claimed the life of a teenage girl.
The 18-year-old was pronounced dead in hospital following the collision on the A695 road at Dilston, between Corbridge and Hexham, Northumberland, on Sunday night. She was given emergency first aid at the scene and was then treated for her injuries in hospital, but efforts to save her life failed.
The teenager – who has not yet been named by police – was one of five people injured in the accident, which happened at about 7.10pm.
None of the other four are understood to have been seriously hurt in the head-on collision between a Ford Focus and a Suzuki.
Yesterday, Northumbria Police appealed for any witnesses, or anyone with information about the accident, to come forward.
The road was closed for several hours on Sunday night to allow investigations to be carried out into the cause of the collision.
The 21-year-old male driver of one of the cars was arrested following the incident and is helping police with their inquiries.
The A695 is known as an alternative and slower route between Corbridge and Hexham to the main A69 which links the two towns.
Last December, a woman was taken to hospital following a four-vehicle crash near Dilston, but the road is not known as particularly dangerous.
News of the 18-year-old’s death has shocked and saddened local people and community representatives. Yesterday, Phil Kenny, vice-chairman of Corbridge Parish Council, said: “We have lived here for 10 years but I don’t think I’ve ever heard anything with regard to the A695 being a dangerous road, although there is quite a bad corner on it. There is not really a great deal of traffic on it, and the faster traffic uses the A69. Parts of it have 30mph limit.
“It is known as the back road between Corbridge and Hexham and we often go that way because it’s peaceful. As a parish council we often discuss dangerous roads around here, but this is not really one of them.”
Hexham Mayor Terry Robson said: “It’s terrible and very sad to hear that an 18-year-old girl has lost her life, and my thoughts go out to her family.
“I don’t know anything about the accident but we can only surmise that it was down to speed. There is a nasty bend at Dilston, and there have been a few accidents there, but it is not known as a particularly dangerous road.”
Police said the accident resulted in injuries to several people in both cars, but most of them were not seriously hurt. Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.
:: Elsewhere, police have appealed for a car driver suspected to have been involved in a collision with a cyclist at the weekend to come forward.
The incident happened in Knightside Gardens, Dunston, Gateshead at 1.10pm on Saturday. The 48-year-old cyclist was knocked off his bike and suffered serious injuries.