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A69 at Hexham to close this evening after rush hour

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The A69 at Hexham will close after this evening’s rush hour to allow a HGV which overturned earlier today to be recovered.

Currently one of two lanes is closed following an incident at Bridge End roundabout which happened at around 2.30pm. The lane will remain closed during this evening’s rush hour.

Highways England say the complex recovery of the HGV will start at 6.30pm and will require the HGV to be put back upright before it can be recovered. Some of the safety fence was also damaged in the incident and will need to be repaired.

Authorities say the road will reopen as soon as the recovery has taken place and it is safe to do so.

Traffic will be diverted via the A6079, the B6318 and the A68 to rejoin the A69 at Stagshaw. Clearly signed diversions will be in place.

A69 crash victims named

The site of the accident. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Police have named the two people who died following a collision on the A69 at Melkridge in Northumberland on Saturday (September 3).

They are 50-year-old Karen Gell from the Manchester area and 69-year-old Ann Marie Dewhurst, known as Marie, from the Preston area.

Six people also who were injured are now recovering at home.

Two others remain in hospital. One has critical but stable injuries and the other has serious but not life threatening injuries.

Second person dies following A69 crash

A second person has died after the A69 crash at Melkridge yesterday (September 3).

A further eight people were injured, two of whom are still in hospital with serious injuries.

The A69 has now been fully reopened in both directions.

We would like to thank the public for their patience and apologise for any inconvenience that might have been caused by the road closures, however we are sure you can appreciate the severity of the incident.

"We would like to thank the public for their patience and apologise for any inconvenience that might have been caused by the road closures, however we are sure you can appreciate the severity of the incident."

– Northumbria Police


A69 closed before Corbridge after lorry jackknifes

Police are advising motorists of delays on the A69 junction eastbound just before Corbridge after a lorry jackknifed.

It happened just before 1pm today. Both lanes are closed travelling eastbound along with the slip road to the A68. Local diversions in place through Heddon.

The road is expected to be closed for some time as specialist equipment is brought in to remove the vehicle.

Crash update on A69 car hit by train

Police investigating a crash on the A69 which ended with a car being struck by a train have released new details about their investigation.

The crash happened at around four o'clock on December 5th, between Greenhead and Haltwhistle when a black Range Rover left the road and crashed onto the railway line where it hit the side of a freight train.

Travelling in the Range Rover was a mother and her two sons - aged eleven and fifteen.

The 11-year-old boy suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to the RVI.

He remains in a critical condition with potentially life threatening injuries.

The mother and 15-year-old boy were treated for minor injuries at the scene.

"Our enquiries have led us to believe that the Range Rover swerved to avoid an as yet unidentified vehicle which was travelling towards it in the wrong lane.

The Range Rover swerved out of its path and came off the road, crossing the eastbound carriageway, going through a fence and hitting the side of a passing freight train.

It does not appear that the Range Rover was struck by the other vehicle before swerving off the road, however we are treating this as a hit and run.

We are now making enquiries to trace this vehicle."

– Chief Inspector Peter Reeve, Northumbria Police

Collision on the A69

Northumbria Police have just confirmed a collision on the A69 between Greenhead and Haltwhistle.

A car has crashed onto the railway line and police say it may have received a glancing blow from a passing train.

The train stopped further down the line and does not appear to have suffered significant damage. No one on board appears to have been injured.

Police and the ambulance service are dealing with one casualty from the car.

Eastbound traffic is being diverted off the A69 at Greenhead onto B6318 (known as Military Road).

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