Driver airlifted to hospital after lorries crash

Collision between two commercial vehicles on the B1339 just south of Embleton this morning.'One airlifted to hospital,one other taken away by road ambulance'.
Collision between two commercial vehicles on the B1339 just south of Embleton this morning.'One airlifted to hospital,one other taken away by road ambulance'.

A WAGON driver was airlifted to hospital on Tuesday after a smash which closed a north Northumberland road for more than eight hours.

Two HGVs, one believed to be Warburton’s lorry, collided on the B1339 near Embleton at around 8.30am.

Police, paramedics and fire crews were called to the scene and the Great North Air Ambulance was also scrambled.

One driver, who was cut free from his vehicle, was taken to Wansbeck General Hospital with a foot injury but was released later in the day.

Alastair McCall, from Seahouses, was in a car travelling from Embleton to Longhoughton and was the first to arrive on the scene.

He said: “It was a terrible mess. The front of the bread lorry was completely smashed in and the windscreen had fallen on to the road.

“The driver was conscious but was trapped by his legs in the cab.

“Given the damage to his cab, he was lucky to be alive.

“The driver of the other truck was using a crowbar to try to open the door of the bread lorry’s cab but it was stuck fast.

“It’s a terrible corner.

“Any of us who use the road regularly have had near-misses there.”

The road was closed until around 5pm for cleansing after a spillage.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact motor patrols PC Eddie Stocks on 03456 043043 ext 69191.