A697 death crash man named

A697 road incident near Powburn'Picture by Pip Rutherford.

A697 road incident near Powburn'Picture by Pip Rutherford.

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A man who died in a collision on the A697 on Wednesday afternoon has been named.

Romek Goldsztajn, 68, of Castle Close in Morpeth was pronounced dead at the scene after the crash at around 2pm near Powburn.

Mr Goldsztajn’s Toyota collided with a Citroen near the Ingram turn off, half a mile north of the village.

The driver of the Citroen, a 63-year-old man was taken to Newcastle RVI with serious leg and pelvis injuries and remains in a critical condition.

Police, fire and ambulance crews were called to the collision alongside three helicopters, two from the Great North Air Ambulance and another from the police.

The road was closed for around three hours to allow investigations to take place and for the cars to be recovered.

Officers are carrying out inquiries to establish the cause of the collision and are appealing for any witnesses, in particular anyone who may have seen the Toyota driving southbound from the Borders area.

Any witnesses should ring Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191, quoting reference 608 031214, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.