‘Female patient’ injured in crash on A697

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A woman has been airlifted to hospital after suffering multiple injuries in a two-vehicle crash on the A697.

The incident, involving an HGV and a car, happened near to Whittingham at around 5pm.

The female, believed to be in her 60s, was trapped inside the car and had to be cut free by Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service. Crews from Rothbury, Alnwick and Amble attended, as did a specialist rescue unit from West Hartford.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service attended and flew the casualty to the RVI hospital in Newcastle.

A spokesman for the North East Ambulance Service said it is believed that the woman suffered head and chest injuries, but did not have an update on her condition. It is believed that the HGV driver was not injured.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said that the stretch of road was closed in both directions, with diversions in place, and, at 9.10pm, he said that he had received no information to say that it had reopened.