Driver in critical condition after van collides with garden wall in South Tyneside

Driver is in a critical condition after a road traffic collision on the Coast Road, Whitburn

Driver is in a critical condition after a road traffic collision on the Coast Road, Whitburn

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A van driver is in a critical condition after smash on a coastal road

The 35-year-old driver was taken to hospital with serious injuries after the vehicle he was driving colliding with a garden wall of a home in Coast Road, Whitburn.

The collision happened at about 12.15am, today.

A 22-year-old woman passenger was also taken to hospital and was described by police as being in a "stable condition."

The road was closed for around five hours before being re-opened at 5am,

Inquiries are ongoing around the incident and any witnesses are asked to contact police on 101 extension 69191 quoting reference 9 27/11/15.