TWO 96-year-olds were killed in a horror crash that left four others seriously injured today.
The man and woman were in the backseat of a blue Dacia Duster when it and a grey Great Wall Steed pick-up collided on the A697 in Northumberland.
Emergency services rushed to the scene but tragically found the elderly pair had died.
The 34-year-old female driver and 61-year-old woman from the front seat were taken to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.
The 19-year-old male driver of the pick-up is in a serious but stable condition.
His 21-year-old male passenger is also in a critical but stable condition.
Police have now launched an investigation into the horror crash that unfolded on the A697 near the New Moor House crossroads just after 3pm today.
And they vowed to work “into the night” as they continued the probe.
Senior investigating officer, Sergeant Lee Butler, said: “This has been a very serious collision that has resulted in six people sustaining serious injuries.
“Sadly that has resulted in the death of two people and we are supporting their family at what is a very difficult time for them.
“Four people remain in hospital, one of whom remains in a critical condition. We also have officers available to support both them and their families as our enquiries continue.
“This is a complex investigation and as a result we have had to maintain a full closure of the A697 so our collision investigation unit can inspect the scene.
“We will be working to open the road at the earliest opportunity but I want to thank those affected by the closure for their patience.
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“Our investigation will continue through the night and I would ask any witnesses, who have not yet spoken to police, to come forward.
“We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have any dash-cam footage of the incident, or the vehicles involved in the moments before the collision.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting log 650 04/10/19 or report it online at the Northumbria Police website.
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