Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

ONE DEAD AS BLAST BITES; Driver Killed, Others Injured as April Blizzards Hit

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

ONE DEAD AS BLAST BITES; Driver Killed, Others Injured as April Blizzards Hit

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Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG and MATT CASEY

A MOTORIST was killed and others injured as blizzards continued to sweep the North East.

The driver died and another was seriously hurt in a head-on crash during snowfall on the outskirts of Durham City.

The crash happened at about 6.40pm yesterday, on the B1283 road between Sherburn Hill and Haswell Plough.

A Nissan Primera driven by a 29-year-old man veered out of control on a right-hand bend and collided with a Toyota coming in the opposite direction.

The Nissan driver, who was cut free from the wreckage by firefighters, was dead on arrival at the University Hospital of North Durham, in Durham City.

The other driver, 44, was taken to the same hospital with neck and chest injuries. The road was closed for an hour while police accident investigators launched an inquiry.

Durham police said a post mortem was due to be carried out and the dead man was not being identified until relatives had been informed.

A spokesman for Durham Fire Service said: "It was snowing at the time and the roads were wet. Witnesses to the accident are being urged to contact police on (0191) 375 2159."

Heavy snow caused disruption across the region as temperatures dropped below freezing.

Two helicopters were involved in ferrying casualties to hospital following a two-car crash on the A69 in Northumberland.

Three fire crews also attended just before noon yesterday at the junction of the A69 and the B6531, near Hexham.

The crash involved Jaguar S-Type car and a Nissan Almera.

Two men and two women, all thought to be in their 50s, were cut free.

They were taken to hospital by the air ambulance and by a Sea King helicopter from RAF Boulmer. A nine-year-old boy, believed to have been travelling with his grandparents in the Jaguar, was also freed.

All five casualties were taken to Newcastle General Hospital for treatment. …

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