THE mother of a little girl who was seriously injured in a five-vehicle smash in South Tyneside has hit out at people who have made comments about the accident on social media.
The four-year-old girl is still in a critical condition at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary after the crash on the westbound carriageway of Leam Lane, near the Lindisfarne Roundabout, in Jarrow, on Tuesday evening.
The woman said: “We would like to thank everyone who has expressed their best wishes at this time, but there have been other comments which are unfounded.
“My daughter was strapped in when the accident happened and, if she had not been, her injuries could have been far worse.”
She added: “Our vehicle was stationary when the accident happened.”
The girl suffered serious head injuries in the accident, and her father, who was also injured, underwent surgery yesterday for a broken hand.
The family were in their VW Polo when it was hit by a silver Peugeot 406 from behind.
The vehicle was pushed forward into a silver Renault Clio, which then crashed into a black Honda CRV and a grey Citroen Berlingo.
A man has been arrested in connection with the accident.
The 34-year-old was interviewed on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
He has been released on police bail, pending further inquiries.
Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact Motor Patrols South at Northumbria Police, quoting log number 1006 04/03/14, on 101, ext 69191.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Motor Patrols South on 101 ext 69191.