84-year-old woman dies after driving wrong way down A1

The air ambulance at the scene of the A1 accident.
The air ambulance at the scene of the A1 accident.

An 84-year-old woman has died after driving her car the wrong way down the A1 near Morpeth, Northumberland, and crashing into oncoming vehicles.

At just after 3.50pm yesterday (Saturday, September 14), police received calls about a car heading southbound in the northbound dual-carriageway, near Clifton.

Minutes later, reports were received of the same vehicle having crashed into the central reservation after colliding with other vehicles on the road travelling northbound.

Police, the fire and ambulance services and air ambulance all attended the accident.

The driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.

She cannot be named at this time as family members are still being informed.

A 51-year-old man from another vehicle involved in the crash was airlifted to Newcastle RVI for treatment to chest, abdominal and pelvic injuries. He remains in hospital in a serious condition.

A 52-year-old woman passenger in the same car was taken by ambulance also to the RVI where she remains. Her condition is described as serious but isn’t thought to be life-threatening.

Several other vehicles were also struck by the car travelling in the wrong direction. However, these resulted in minor injuries and damage only.

The road was closed for investigations of the scene and diversions through Stannington Station and Morpeth were put in place. It reopened at around 7.40pm.

Further enquiries are being carried out by Northumbria Police’s Motor Patrols officers who are keen to speak to any witnesses.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101, extension 69191.