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Watchdog probes police after man knocked down following A1 crash
2:32pm Monday 19th August 2013 in News
A POLICE watchdog has launched an investigation into two North-East officers after a man was critically injured in a hit and run crash on a major road.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is examining the contact that took place between the Northumbria force officers and a 42-year-old-man - who has not been named - who was struck by a car on the A1, near the Washington Services, in Tyne and Wear.
The collision happened at about 9.50pm on the road’s southbound carriageway on Saturday, August 10.
The man had been spoken to by officers after the van he was driving was involved in an accident with a lorry. He was then struck by the car after apparently running across the carriageway.
The man suffered serious injuries and was taken to hospital in a critical condition.
The IPCC investigation will focus on the actions of the two PCs.
Northumbria Police has told the IPCC that they had both been dealing with a broken down taxi on the northbound side of the A1 before the van and the lorry collided.
Northumbria Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances of both collisions and are seeking the driver of the car, which did not stop after hitting the injured man.
Cindy Butts, the IPCC’s Commissioner for the Northumbria policing area, said: "As someone has been seriously injured following police contact an independent investigation is needed to establish what took place.”
The incident meant the A1 northbound was closed at the Blind Lane roundabout on the outskirts of Chester-le-Street, with the southbound carriageway shut at the A1231 sliproad and at the A194M Havanna roundabout until Sunday lunchtime.
The accident happened on a busy stretch near where the A1 becomes motorway.
Northumbria Police referred the matter to the IPCC because of the involvement of its two officers.
Anyone with any information about the incident should contact Northumbria Police Motor Patrols on the police non-emergency number 101, extension 69191.
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