Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Doctor's Girl Hurt in Smash; TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED AFTER MUM STOPS TO HELP

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Doctor's Girl Hurt in Smash; TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED AFTER MUM STOPS TO HELP

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Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY

THE daughter of a doctor who stopped to help at a road smash is today seriously injured in hospital, after another vehicle ploughed into the back of the family's stationary car.

Dr Karen Horridge pulled up on the A1 yesterday morning after noticing the pile-up crash near the Angel of the North, in Gateshead. She had been on her way home to Durham following a family holiday in Lapland.

But as the paediatrician rushed to help, a Range Rover ploughed into the back of her family car, with her three children still inside.

Two of the youngsters escaped from the smashed Toyota Corolla.

But her 15-year-old daughter Eva Prendergast was trapped inside and had to be cut free by firefighters.

Eva, a pupil at Durham Johnston School, suffered serious spinal injuries and was airlifted to Newcastle General Hospital by the Great North Air Ambulance.

Speaking from the family home in Durham Dr Horridge's husband today he said: "We were just on our way back from holiday and my wife stopped to help because she is a doctor then a car went into the back of us.

"My daughter is seriously injured. She has no feeling in her legs."

In total 14 people were injured in the pile-up, which involved eight vehicles, and the road was closed for around five hours.

A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: "At 9.25am police received a report of an eight-vehicle crash on the A1 southbound about half a mile from the Coal House roundabout.

"Police attended the scene along with fire and ambulance service.

"A total of 14 people were involved. Thirteen were taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital to be treated for whiplash and minor injuries. A 15-year-old girl was airlifted to Newcastle General Hospital suffering from back injuries."

"The A1 southbound was closed for around five hours to allow for scene investigation and vehicle recovery. …

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