Jarrow smash update - one person released from hospital

Two car crash Jarrow Road, near junction with Abbotsway, Bede Industrial Estate.
Two car crash Jarrow Road, near junction with Abbotsway, Bede Industrial Estate.

A two-vehicle smash which left two people with “serious but not life-threatening” injuries is still being investigated by police.

Officers were called to Jarrow Road, at its junction with Church Bank, on Monday at around 2.20pm after a BMW and a van collided with each other.

The 58-year-old driver of the van and his 45-year-old passenger were taken to hospital for treatment.

The driver has since been released, while the passenger remains in hospital.

The smash happened in the same area where a crash claimed the life of a pensioner in 2014.

The recent collision prompted calls from Jarrow councillor Lee Hughes to call on motorists to take more care when out on the roads and also ask the council’s road safety chiefs to look at whether that section of road could be made more safer.

A spokesman for South Tyneside Council said: “Road safety is of paramount importance to the council and we are constantly assessing road traffic accident information to give us a clearer picture of the hazards involved on the borough’s roads.

“This particular incident is currently being dealt with by the police and until the circumstances of the accident have been established, then we are unable to comment any further on this. Should the police require South Tyneside’s assistance in this matter then we will endeavour to help where possible.”

Police are appealing to anyone in the area with information to contact them 101.

Callers are asked to quote reference number 642 of 11/07/16.