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Man critical following hit-and-run accident on A1 at Washington Services
4:59pm Sunday 11th August 2013 in News
A PEDESTRIAN was critically injured by a hit-and-run driver who fled the scene of the accident while police dealt with another crash nearby yesterday (Saturday, August 10).
A police spokesman said officers were attending a collision between a transit van and a lorry on the A1 northbound, near to the Washington Services, Gateshead, when the man was struck at 9.50pm last night.
The spokesman said: “During the incident, a man crossed the central reservation and was hit on the southbound side of the carriage way.
“He was was taken to hospital where his condition is described as critical but stable.
“The vehicle which struck the man failed to stop after the collision and police are keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has any information about the vehicle involved.”
The A1 northbound was closed at the Blind Lane roundabout in Chester-le-Street.
The spokesman said: “Due to police attendance before the man was hit by the vehicle, the incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) as matter of standard practice."
Northumbria Police Superintendent Andrea Henderson said: "We are keen to speak to anyone who may have been travelling on the A1 around this area at the time.
“We are still trying to establish the circumstances around this incident and any information may be useful to us.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Northumbria Police Motor Patrols on 101 ext 69191.
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