A MAN has died after his van was involved in a three-vehicle accident on the A1 in Northumberland.
Nigel Fowerby, 37, of Cleckheaton in West Yorkshire, died in hospital having been airlifted there following the collision on the road near Felton yesterday morning.
A man who was a passenger in the vehicle was taken to a different hospital with injuries not thought to be life-threatening.
A 49-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He has since been bailed pending further enquiries.
The road was closed for five hours following the accident.
A local councillor who has previously urged action to improve safety on the stretch of road last night repeated his calls, saying the road “can not claim any more lives”.
Northumbria Police received a report of the collision involving a BMW car, a Volkswagen van and a Citroen car on the Northbound carriageway of the road at 7.43am.
Mr Fowerby of the Volkswagen van was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle by Great North Air Ambulance but died from his injuries.
The passenger in the van was taken to Wansbeck General Hospital at Ashington with injuries police said were not thought to be life-threatening.
The driver of the BMW suffered minor injuries, while the driver of the Citroen was not injured.
A section of the A1 was closed in both directions for around five hours for a collision investigation to take place.
Witnesses are asked to contact police motor patrols on 101 ext 69191.
Northumberland County Councillor Trevor Thorne, whose ward covers Felton, has in the past called for action to improve safety on the A1 in the area of the village and Swarland, following previous fatal accidents.
Last night, he vowed to remind his own authority and the Highways Agency.
Coun Thorne said: “It is one of the most dangerous stretches of road, one of the problems is that it is a mixture of single and double carriageway.
“We have got a lot of local roads coming from Newton on the Moor, Swarland and Felton – B and C roads, they are approaching what is the A1 and on the whole traffic does travel very, very fast and it is about trying to get on the road safely really.
“Yes we have talked about doing something with this stretch of the road.
“We never get any further.
“The road can not claim any more lives, it can not.
“I will be raising it with the highways at the earliest opportunity.
“We have got to get them to do something because it is just not good enough is it?”