Vital witness appeal after man dies in Northumberland collision

Police investigating a collision in which a Northumberland man died have appealed to a ‘key’ witness to come forward.

Wednesday, 7th October 2020, 2:37 pm

At about 11am on Monday, September 5, Northumbria Police received a report of a collision involving a grey Ford C-Max and a silver Renault Clio near Weldon Bridge on the A697, south of Longframlington.

The driver of the Clio, 76-year-old David Henderson, of Blyth, was found deceased at the scene.

A 60-year-old man who was the driver of the Ford was taken to hospital, where his injuries are said to be serious but not life-threatening.

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David Henderson

An investigation is going on into the circumstances surrounding the collision, and police have now identified a key witness they would like to trace.

Accident investigators have ascertained a white van was travelling south on the A697 and stopped at the collision scene, before turning around and driving away in a northerly direction towards Longframlington.

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Police believe the driver of the van could have valuable information that could assist with the investigation and have urged the witness to get in touch.

Sergeant Matt Sykes, of Northumbria Police’s Operations Department, said: “This is a tragic incident that sadly resulted in David’s death. He was a much-loved man and we will continue to offer his family support.

“We are committed to finding out the circumstances behind this collision – David’s family deserve those answers, and our enquiries are ongoing as we build up a clearer picture of what happened.

“We are now appealing for the driver of a white van who stopped at the scene to come forward. We want to speak to this driver as a significant witness as he may hold vital information as to what happened.

“We’d also like to hear from any motorists who were in the area and who have yet to come forward. If you were travelling in the area about 11am between Longframlington and Longhorsley near the Anglers Arms, please get in touch.”

The witness, or anyone with information, are asked to call 101 quoting reference 339 050920 or alternatively contact us via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of our website.

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