A Northumberland teenager killed in a car crash was travelling on a “very dangerous stretch of road,” a senior councillor has claimed.
Rachel Blaylock, 18, from Ponteland, died when the car she was driving left the A696 and hit a tree around a mile North of the village in the early hours of Sunday.
And Ponteland councillor Peter Jackson, who grew up on his father’s farm beside the spot where the accident occurred, has revealed the crash which killed the former Ponteland High School student followed a series of similar incidents there, on the single carriageway stretch of road.
His words are born out by the fact there is evidence of an accident just yards from where Rachel’s car left the road, said to have occurred just a month ago.
Coun Jackson said: “It is a very dangerous stretch of road.
“There is a bad camber on that road as you come out of the dip.
“It seems to throw cars into the hedge on a fairly regular basis.
“It was not totally a one-off at all. They were just really unlucky to hit the tree.
“It is a regular place where there is some serious accidents of people going off the road and into the hedge.”
Rachel, who was hoping to start university next month, had only recently passed her driving test and had just got a red Mini.
She was driving the car with friend Rachel Dodd, 18, from Belsay, and 19 year olds Ian Scott, from Stamfordham, and Steve Hall, at 4.10am when the accident happened.
Police, fire service and paramedics attended but Rachel was pronounced dead at the scene.
The passengers were taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.
One of the men was initially said to have serious, but not life-threatening injuries, and was later said to be “critical, but stable.”
A second passenger suffered a broken leg and a third minor injuries.
Northumbria Police collision investigators were at the scene of the crash yesterday where tributes have been left to Rachel.
Her friends have also set up a Facebook page “In memory of Blay,” which over 1,000 people have liked. Friends gathered at Pont Park to remember her and release lanterns on Monday before gathering at the Diamond pub. They met again at the Highlander pub last night.