UPDATE (4.45pm): Woman killed in A1 crash

The Great North Air Ambulance Service attended the scene of the crash on the A1.
The Great North Air Ambulance Service attended the scene of the crash on the A1.
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A woman has been killed in a car crash on the A1 in Northumberland today.

The incident, which involved a number of vehicles, happened at the northbound junction near to Newton on the Moor and was reported at 12.15pm.

A doctor and paramedic crew from the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) transfused blood and performed surgical procedures on the woman, thought to be in her 80s, at the roadside, but a spokesman from the GNAAS said that her injuries were too severe and she died a short time later.

Both sides of the carriageway had been closed, but police have said that the road has now reopened in both directions.