Morpeth brought to a standstill after tractor accident

A market town’s main road was closed off yesterday when a tractor carrying a large load of hay bales was involved in a collision with a number of other vehicles

Overturned hay waggon in Newgate Street Morpeth
Overturned hay waggon in Newgate Street Morpeth

A market town’s main road was closed off yesterday when a tractor carrying a large load of hay bales was involved in a collision with a number of other vehicles.

It is believed the New Holland tractor hit two cars in Newgate Street, Morpeth, causing its trailer to swerve – scattering some of the bales of hay across the road.

The front end of a Ford Ranger pick-up truck was crushed under one of the bales and local people said at least two parked vehicles were damaged in the incident.

Northumbria Police said no one was seriously injured in the accident, which happened shortly before 2pm and resulted in part of the main road through the town centre being closed to traffic.

Accident investigation experts were called to the scene, at the junction of Newgate Street and Mitford Road, at the bottom of Dogger Bank, which leads to the A1 north of the town.

It is believed that the tractor with its load of bales was heading into the town centre when, for reasons yet to be established, it went out of control and collided with other vehicles. The driver of the pick-up truck suffered minor injuries but was able to get out of his vehicle before a fire service rescue crew arrived.

Police officers cordoned off the accident scene while investigations into the cause of the crash got under way.

Personal trainer Marie Louise Drozdowicz , 53, who lives right next to where the accident happened, said: “I was in my bedroom at the time and heard a big bang.

“I looked out of the window and saw that a tractor had gone over and bales of hay were on the road.

“There was a blue van which had hit one of the bales. The driver was OK, although his face was a bit of a mess.

“There were two dogs in the back of his vehicle and they also got out OK.

“There were other parked cars which had also been hit and one was written off.

“I don’t know how the accident happened, but I have lived here for 30 years and nothing like this has happened before.

“I just feel very lucky that I was not outside with my own dogs at the time.”

Another neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: “I heard a big lorry screech to a halt after braking to avoid the accident.

“A lot of farm vehicles go past here, but I’ve not seen anything like this before. It has certainly caused a stir.”

A police spokesman said it appeared the tractor had hit several parked cars, causing the hay bales to fall off the trailer.

He said the road was closed and local diversions put in place.

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