A697 in Northumberland shut for hours and three taken to hospital …

Three people were taken to hospital after a crash that closed a Northumberland[1] road for hours.

The collision, involving three vehicles, took place on the A697 near Wooler[2] at around 11.45am on Friday. Emergency services, including ambulance, police and fire crews, went to the scene.

The road was shut and the closure was expected to last for up to eight hours. The North East Ambulance Service (NEAS)[3] said three patients were taken to hospital and a further two were treated and discharged at the scene.

A Northumbria Police[4] spokesperson said: "Shortly before 11.45am today (Friday) police received a report of a collision involving three cars on the A697 near Wooler. Emergency services are currently at the scene and the road has been closed in both directions and local diversions are in place."

NEAS said they received a call at 11.41am on Friday. A spokesperson added: "We dispatched four ambulance crews and a clinical team leader to the scene, and requested support from our colleagues at the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) who attended via air.

"We also received support from our colleagues at the police and fire services. Three patients in total were transported by road to hospital for further treatment: two patients were taken to the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital (NSECH), and one was transported to the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI). Two additional patients were treated and discharged on-scene."

The Great North Air Ambulance Service[5] worked alongside the NEAS teams to help patients. GNAAS said: "We had a doctor and paramedic on board our aircraft and they arrived on scene at 12.20pm. Our team worked alongside the North East Ambulance Service to assess and treat a patient before the patient was taken to hospital by the North East Ambulance Service road crew, accompanied by our team."

The Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service[6] explained that the road would need to remain closed for a number of hours. They said in a statement: "Fire Control received a call regarding a road traffic collision at 11:46 this morning and we sent appliances from Berwick and Alnwick to attend the incident alongside an additional appliance from Coldstream.

"GNAAS (Great North Air Ambulance Service), NEAS, and Northumbria Police were also in attendance. The road is expected to be closed between six-eight hours, and we advise that residents us alternative routes of travel."

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  4. ^ Northumbria Police (www.chroniclelive.co.uk)
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