Man dies in car crash close to Nissan plant in Sunderland

A man has died after a four-vehicle crash close to Nissan's Sunderland plant.

Wednesday, 23rd May 2018, 4:13 pm
Updated Wednesday, 23rd May 2018, 4:16 pm
Cherry Blossom Way

At around 11pm last night, police received reports of an accident on the A1290 at the junction of Cherry Blossom Way.

It is believed Alexander Slark, 26, from Washington, was driving a black BMW 320i which collided with two stationary vehicles before then colliding with a heavy goods vehicle.

Cherry Blossom Way

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Family liaison officers are supporting his family.

Officers are still carrying out enquiries to establish exactly what has happened.

The A1290 was closed for five and a half hours to facilitate a thorough forensic collision investigation and recovery of the vehicles.

A North East Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “We were called to the incident at 22.54.

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“We sent two double crew ambulances and a rapid response.

“We took one patient to the RVI major trauma unit.”

Mr Slark worked at Nissan, whose Deputy Managing Director, Kevin O’Neil, said: “We are deeply saddened by Alex’s tragic death in a car accident.

“Alex was a popular member of the team at the plant. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.”

Officers are keen to speak to any witnesses of the incident, particularly those that might have dash cam footage of the moments leading up to the collision.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log 1261 22/05/18.