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Woman critical after fall from car at 60mph on A69

Bridge End Roundabout, near Hexham. Credit: Google Earth

Police investigating an incident, in which a woman fell from a car on the busy A69 in Northumberland, say the vehicle was travelling at 60 mph when it happened.

At around 4.35pm on Saturday police received a report that a front seat passenger had come out of a car on the eastbound carriageway near to the Bridge End roundabout.

Emergency services attended and the woman was taken to hospital by paramedics with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

She remains in hospital in a critical condition.

Police say driver of the vehicle involved in the incident allegedly drove off without checking how she was.

A man, aged 23, was later arrested.

Detectives still need anyone who saw the vehicle - believed to be a black Ford Fiesta - in the area around the time of the incident to get in touch.

Officer particularly want to speak to anyone who saw the vehicle travelling from Bardon Mill towards Hexham at around 4.30pm on Saturday.

"This was a really dangerous incident and we need to speak to anyone who saw the Ford Fiesta in the area at the time of the incident. The vehicle is believed to have been travelling at around 60mph when this happened and clearly we need to speak to anyone who saw the woman leave the vehicle as it travelled from Bardon Mill towards Hexham. Those involved were known to each other and we have a man in custody at this time but an investigation is still very much underway and further information from the public is invaluable."

– Sgt Dave Croskery, Northumbria Police