An elderly woman remains in a critical condition after a fatal two-vehicle crash on the A1 in Northumberland yesterday, in which a second pensioner was killed.
And today, local Coun Trevor Thorne said that more needs to be done to improve the safety record on the stretch of road where the accident happened and has called for better signage to be installed.
“We have had some bad accidents along this part of the A1 and I really do believe that we need to look at the signage, which at the moment is not marvellous,” he added.
The incident, which involved a Mitsubishi Outlander 4x4 and a Nissan Micra car, occurred at around noon at the Newton on the Moor junction with the C106.
An 82-year-old woman, who was a passenger in the Micra, was pronounced dead at the scene. A doctor and paramedic crew from the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) had transfused blood and performed surgical procedures on the woman at the roadside, but a GNAAS spokesman said that her injuries were too severe and she died a short time later. Her details have not yet been released by police.
The 84-year-old driver of the Micra was taken to the Newcastle Freeman Hospital with serious injuries and she remains in a critical condition today.
No one else was seriously injured and inquiries into the incident are ongoing.
Police, fire and ambulance crews were in attendance.
Part of the road was closed in both directions but reopened yesterday afternoon.
Police are appealing for information and anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact motor patrols on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference number 605 150215.