1. ITV Report

Man dies 'after tractor plunges 50ft into quarry'

The incident happened at a quarry in Northumberland. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A worker has been killed after a tractor apparently plunged 50ft into a quarry before bursting into flames.

Police have launched an investigation into the "serious accident" at Harden Quarry in Biddlestone, near Rothbury, Northumberland at around 10.38am on Wednesday morning.

Lafarge Tarmac, which owns the site, has declined to comment, ITV Tyne Tees report.

A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: "The Health and Safety Executive and police are investigating a serious accident at Harden Quarry at Biddlestone, Northumberland, today."

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.

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.

– County councillor Steven Bridgett