Police have issued an appeal for witnesses after a two-vehicle crash on the A1 near Berwick which left a man with critical injuries.
The collision happened at 3.45pm yesterday on the A1 single carriageway close to the A1167 roundabout at North Road in Berwick - near to Ramparts Business Park.
Two vehicles collided, a Ford Transit van and a DAF truck. The driver of the van, a man aged in his 50s, was taken to the RVI in Newcastle by air ambulance for treatment where he is in a critical but stable condition. The driver of the truck wasn’t injured.
Northumbria Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision to contact them on 101 ext 69191, quoting reference 626 14/01/15.
Police and paramedics quickly arrived on the scene and a section of the road, northbound and southbound, was closed to allow for officers to respond. The Great North Air Ambulance flew the injured man to hospital.
The Great North Air Ambulance said: “The GNAAS doctor anaesthetised the patient on the roadside and also administered blood. He was flown to the RVI in around 20 minutes.”
The A1 was closed until 9.30pm as a result of the accident.
Jim Entwistle, spokesman for the Great North Air Ambulance (GNAAS), said: “At 3.50pm today, we were called to the A1 just north of Berwick where a man, believed in his 50s, had been critically injured in a two-vehicle collision. He had suffered head, chest and pelvic injuries. Once on scene, the aircrew doctor anaesthetised the patient on the roadside. He also administered blood – the first time the treatment has been used outside a hospital in the north. The patient was then flown to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle. The flight took around 20 minutes and the man was critical on arrival.”
Blood on Board, a new service to carry blood on the Great North Air Ambulances, was only launched on Tuesday and was devised by emergency specialists at GNAAS and the Newcastle Hospitals’ Major Trauma Centre to help save lives.