A WOMAN was killed during a three-vehicle pile-up that closed the A69 for more than four hours and sparked a police investigation.
Officers were called at just after 4pm on Saturday to the scene of a crash on a single stretch of carriageway between Hexham and Haydon Bridge, in Northumberland.
Motorists were diverted for more than four hours after the two cars, a Ford Focus and Audi TT, were involved in an accident with a Vauxhall van.
A 52-year-old woman who was driving the Ford Focus was pronounced dead at the scene. She has not yet been identified.
The van driver, a 57-year-old man, suffered a broken arm and was taken to Newcastle’s RVI for treatment. The Audi driver, a 50-year-old man, was uninjured.
A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “Officers attended the scene along with the fire and ambulance service. Further enquiries into the crash are continuing and officers are urging any witnesses to come forward.”
The accident comes just days after a boy was left critical in hospital after the car he was travelling in crashed on to a railway line.
The 11-year-old suffered potentially life-threatening injuries when the black Range Rover, driven by his mother, left the A69 near Haltwhistle, veered on to the adjacent track and was struck a glancing blow from a passing freight train.
The boy’s mother and 15-year-old brother were treated for minor injuries. Ambulance crews from Carlisle and Newcastle raced to the scene at around 4.25pm on Wednesday.
Chief Insp Peter Reeve said: “Enquiries into the collision are ongoing, and we are keen to speak to anyone who saw the incident to contact us with any information. We are not ruling out any lines of enquiry as to the cause of the crash at this stage – including the weather, ice on the roads or other road users. We really need to hear from anyone who was on the A69 in the area around the time of the crash, as they could have information that could really help us with the investigation.”