Woman dies and three critically injured in Washington crash

THREE people are said to be in a critical condition following a crash which claimed the life of a 27-year-old woman. At 10.37pm on Saturday, emergency services received a report of a one vehicle collision on the A194 between the A195 and A182 slip roads in Washington. A spokesperson for Northumbria Police said it is understood that a silver Audi S3 was travelling westbound when, for reasons yet to be established, it left the road and hit a tree.

Emergency services attended the scene where sadly a female passenger – aged 27 – was found deceased inside of the car. Three other occupants in the car were injured in the collision and taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary, in Newcastle. Last night the male driver – aged 35 – was described as being in a critical condition.

A 33-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman were also described as being in a critical condition. The families have been notified and are receiving support from specialist officers. The A194 westbound was closed for more than five hours to allow crash scene investigators to assess the area and a clear-up operation to take place.

An investigation has been launched into the circumstances surrounding the collision, and police are now appealing for anyone with information to get in touch. Sergeant Pinner Rana, of Northumbria Police’s Motor Patrols department, said: “This is a devastating incident that has sadly resulted in the death of a woman and has seriously injured three other people. “We are continuing to support the families at this difficult time as we work tirelessly to establish what has happened.

“Our enquiries are ongoing into the circumstances surrounding this collision, and we are now asking anybody who was in the area at the time who saw anything that can assist us to get in touch. “Please check your dashcam footage and let us know if you saw a Silver Audi A3 around that time on the A194. “Even if you did not witness the collision, we would like to see any moments leading up to the collision to help us determine what happened.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of Northumbria Police’s website or by calling 101 quoting log 1088 031020.

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