A driver suffered a broken neck, fractured wrist and bleeding on the brain in one of two multi-car crashes that caused traffic chaos on one of the region’s main roads yesterday.
The 34-year-old was last night in hospital, surrounded by his family, in a serious but not life-threatening condition.
Police said that doctors had decided not to operate on the man, but were monitoring his condition.
The A189 Spine Road was closed for three hours as emergency services dealt with two separate crashes, involving a total of seven cars and vans.
The first crash, which a Northumbria Police spokesman said involved the 34-year-old’s silver Vauxhall Astra, a Ford Fusion Zetec and a Mercedes flat bed lorry, happened just after 11am on the A189 Spine Road, near Laverock Hill Road.
Nobody other than the diver of the Vauxhall Astra was said to have been injured.
Fifty minutes later, just as the first crash was being cleared, a second crash involving four vehicles took place at the Bebside Roundabout near Blyth.
Again police said that involved a silver Vauxhall Astra, plus a grey DAF box van, a Mercedes panel van and a Saab 150GT.
Northumbria Police said the driver of the Vauxhall Astra had suffered minor injuries.
The road was closed for almost three hours to allow the vehicles to be recovered and debris to be removed from the road, and for crash investigations to take place.
A spokesman for Northumberland Fire and Rescue said: “At 11.04am we received a call and dispatched one engine and one specialist rescue unit from West Hartford to the A189.
“At 11.49am we also received a call of another crash on the A189, and sent one engine and one specialist rescue unit from Pegswood, which had been ‘on station’ at West Hartford.
“They used cutting equipment to rescue one of the drivers.”