UPDATE: Man killed in crash on A1 in Northumberland between digger and HGV

The scene of the crash on the A1 near Shilbottle. Picture by Jane Coltman
The scene of the crash on the A1 near Shilbottle. Picture by Jane Coltman

A 54-year-old man was killed in yesterday's crash between a lorry and a digger on the A1 in north Northumberland.

At around 3.50pm, police were called to a report of a collision between an HGV and a digger near the Shilbottle exit on the southbound carriageway to the south of Alnwick. An eyewitness told the Gazette that a digger was 'like a fireball' at the scene and a lorry windscreen had been smashed.

Both vehicles were travelling south in the nearside lane, when for reasons yet to be established, the HGV hit the rear of the yellow JCB digger. This caused the digger to leave the road and catch fire, while the driver was thrown from the vehicle.

Emergency services attended and the driver of the JCB, a 54-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the HGV was uninjured.

The road was closed for five hours to enable the collision to be dealt with and the vehicles recovered. Local diversions were put in place.

Any witnesses, or anyone with any information, should contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting reference 698 08/12/15.