A WOMAN is seriously ill after sustaining life changing injuries in a horrific car crash on the A1(M) in the early hours of the morning.
Emergency services were called to the incident involving a white VW Golf and a gray Ford Kuga shortly after 1.15am on the northbound carriageway near junction J62 for Durham.
A woman who was a passenger in the Ford Kuga was seriously injured and was taken to Newcastle RVI.
The other three occupants of the vehicle suffered minor injuries and were treated at North Durham University Hospital.
A man in his 20s has been arrested in connection with the incident and remains in custody.
Service Group Manager Paul Cummings, County Durham Fire and Rescue Service, said: ‘When I arrived the police, fire and ambulance were working together and they were concentrating most of their time to free two of their passengers who were still in the car. with four individuals in it.
“There was debris for quite a distance on the road. It was spread over the entire roadway heading north.
“It was a significant incident and the northbound A1 was completely closed.
“Due to the condition of the vehicles after the crash, it was to ensure this was a casualty based rescue and we took every precaution to ensure all casualties were extracted. in the right way and we make sure they receive care. ”
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Mr Cummings said the woman suffered potentially life-changing injuries.
He said: ‘Firefighters extracted all the victims from the main vehicle.
“As there were life-threatening injuries to one of these victims, an investigation will be carried out by police colleagues.”
The North East Ambulance Service sent a rapid response paramedic, two hazardous area response teams, three emergency ambulance teams, a clinical team leader and the Great North Air doctor Ambulance.
A NEAS spokesperson said: ‘We received a 999 call at 1.17am this morning for a traffic accident on the A1 north near Belmont in which two people were believed to have been trapped.
“Three patients were taken to North Durham University Hospital and one patient was taken to RVI Newcastle.”
Durham Constabulary confirmed an investigation was underway.
A force spokeswoman said: ‘Emergency services were called to the incident involving a white VW Golf and a gray Ford Kuga shortly after 1.15am on the northbound carriageway near J62 Carrville.
“A female passenger in the Ford Kuga was seriously injured. The three other occupants of the vehicle received minor injuries. No one else was injured.
“A man in his 20s has been arrested in connection with the incident and remains in custody.
“The road was closed for several hours to allow crash investigators to work on the scene and for the barrier to be repaired.”
Witnesses are asked to call Durham Constabulary on 101, quoting incident reference 37 of May 22.
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