UPDATE: Man killed in Northumberland quarry incident

A fire engine at the entrance of Harden Quarry at Biddlestone.
A fire engine at the entrance of Harden Quarry at Biddlestone.

The man who was killed in an industrial accident at a Northumberland quarry yesterday has been named.

A statement from Northumbria Police said: “At 10.46am yesterday morning, Wednesday, October 7, police attended a fatal industrial accident at Harden Quarry, Biddlestone.

“Emergency services attended and a 22-year-old-man was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are now in a position to name the deceased as Adam Donaldson.

“Inquiries by the Health and Safety Executive are ongoing. Police and the fire service remain at the scene.”

Police, three fire engines – one each from Rothbury, Alnwick and Amble – and a specialist rescue unit attended the incident. Five sets of crew from the North East Ambulance Service, including the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), were also called to the scene.

Rothbury county councillor Steven Bridgett said: “It is with great sadness that I have learned, following an incident at Harden (Biddlestone) Quarry in Upper Coquetdale, that a member of staff at the site tragically lost their life.

“Appliances from Northumberland Fire & Rescue stations in Rothbury, Alnwick and Amble attended the scene, with the incident support unit from West Hartford along with Northumbria Police and the North East Ambulance Service.

“We are a close-knit community in Coquetdale and on behalf of the residents of the valley, I would like to offer our deepest sympathy to the bereaved family.

“I would also like to extend my sincerest appreciation to the emergency services who attended the scene today, who acted with professionalism and were a credit to Northumberland.”