Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Witness Appeal in Rail-Line Crash Probe; Boy Remains in a Critical Condition

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Witness Appeal in Rail-Line Crash Probe; Boy Remains in a Critical Condition

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Byline: Rob Phillips ? 0191 201 6262 ? jnl.newsdesk@ncjmedia.co.uk

POLICE have renewed their appeal for witnesses to a rail-line car crash which left an 11-year-old boy critically injured.

A Range Rover swerved off the snow-covered A69 on to the adjacent Newcastle-Carlisle line on Wednesday.

It was dealt a "glancing blow" from an oncoming freight train, according to police.

The boy's mother, who was driving, and his 15-year-old brother escaped with minor injuries.

But the 11-year-old had to be airlifted 35 miles to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle with life-threatening injuries.

His condition remained unchanged last night.

Accident investigators are still trying to establish whether a second vehicle may have been involved in the crash.

Suggestions that another car may have left the scene without stopping have not yet been confirmed.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "That is what we hope witnesses may be able to help us with. …

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