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UPDATE (4.30pm): Serious crash on the A697 in Northumberland

Emergency services at the scene of today's crash.
Emergency services at the scene of today's crash.

Two men have been taken to hospital after a car came off a Northumberland road and fell down an embankment today.

One of the casualties had to be extracted from the Citroen, following the serious incident on the A697, near to Powburn, which happened just before 12.30pm.

Two fire engines from Alnwick, as well as one from Rothbury and a specialist rescue unit, attended the scene.

The Wooler community paramedic was initially dispatched, immediately backed up by a paramedic ambulance from Alnwick.

Meanwhile, the hazardous area response team from the North East Ambulance Service was able to assist in the extrication through use of its specialist patient-handling equipment.

The Northumberland National Park and North of Tyne mountain rescue teams were asked to attend the scene, potentially to assist with moving the casualties over steep ground, but, although mobilised, were not required in the end.

A stretch of the road was closed for around three hours, but has since reopened.