Three people taken to hospital after 'serious' multi-vehicle crash closes part of A194M

A patient was airlifted to hospital, with two more transported by ambulance, following a “serious” multi-vehicle collision on the A194 near Washington.

Wednesday, 19th February 2020, 4:52 pm
The road closure as shown by Google Maps.

Northumbria Police, Tyne and Wear FIre and Rescue Service, the Great North Air Ambulance and Highways England were called following a collision involving a car and a truck on Wednesday, February 19 shortly after 2pm.

It is not clear how many vehicles were affected by the incident.

The Great North Air Ambulance confirmed that it landed on the scene at around 2.55pm, with its paramedic and doctor team assisting and treating a patient, who was then airlifted to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.

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An ambulance service spokeswoman said two patients were also transported to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead, by road. The service sent multiple appliances to the scene.

A police spokeswoman said “significant” traffic delays were expected, and said: “At 2.08pm today we received a report of a two-vehicle collision between a car and a truck on the A194 at Blackfell, Washington, near the A195 turn-off.”

Highways England confirmed that the northbound carriageway of the road was closed between junctions two and three, with a diversion in place.

Motorists are advised to follow the diversion and exit the A194M using Follingsby Interchange and take the first exit onto the A195 northbound.

They can then travel north on the A195 to A184, turn onto the A184 eastbound and travel east to A194 Whitemare Pool Interchange to re-join the A194M.

Fire crews from Newcastle Central, Washington and Hebburn stations were also sent to the incident.