Eight people have been taken to hospital after five vehicles were involved in an accident on the A1.
Northumbria Police were called to reports of a multi-vehicle collision on the southbound carriageway near Stannington at around 12:30pm on Monday 18 September which closed the road.
Two units were dispatched from the Great North Air Ambulance Service while the Northumberland Fire Service and Great North Ambulance Service were also in attendance.
Five patients were taken by road to the RVI in Newcastle while further three were taken to Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington, again by road.
A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “At 12.30pm today (Monday) we received a report of a multi-vehicle road traffic collision on the A1 southbound near Stannington.
“Emergency services attended the scene and eight people were taken to hospital with injuries.
“The southbound carriageway remains closed and a diversion is in place.”
A North East Ambulance Service spokesperson said: "We were called to reports of a multi-vehicle road traffic collision on the A1 near Stannington shortly before 12:30pm today (18 September).
"We dispatched three emergency ambulance crews, two patient transport crews, our full Hazardous Area Response Team, a clinical team leader and an officer, and requested support from Great North Air Ambulance Service.
"In total, five patients were transported by road to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle and a further three patients were transported by road to Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington."
A statement from the Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service added: "Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) were called out to an incident on the A1 southbound at Stannington, at 12:33pm this afternoon to reports of a serious road traffic collision involving five vehicles. The fire service had six appliances in attendance, while Northumbria Police and North East Ambulance also attended.
"NFRS has now left the scene, however, Northumbria Police are still in attendance and the A1 remains closed. Drivers are advised to avoid the area and find alternative routes."
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