A MAN has died after his car left the road and crashed through railings near Marsden Grotto.

The incident happened about 6.04pm today.

"Emergency services attended but sadly the male occupant of the vehicle, a 76-year-old male was pronounced dead at the scene," said Northumbria Police.

"Attempts are being made to trace his next of kin so they can be informed and supported by specialist officers.

"Inquiries are ongoing to determine how the vehicle came to be on the beach but it is not believed there was any third party involvement."

Anyone who might have witnessed this incident is asked to contact police by calling 101 quoting log 818 030419.