South Tyneside retired teacher named as fatal A1 car crash victim

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A PENSIONER from South Tyneside who died in a Christmas road crash has been named.

Margaret Foley, 81, of Morpeth Avenue, South Shields, died last Monday when her car was in collision with a lorry on the A1 road in Northumberland when she was on her way to spend Christmas with her sister.

Miss Foley, a retired schoolteacher, was travelling on a single carriageway stretch of the road in her Nissan Note car when the accident happened near the Berwick bypass, just before noon.

She was cut free from the vehicle by firefighters, and taken to Wansbeck Hospital in Ashington.

She was pronounced dead on arrival.

Neighbour Phillip Summerson, 49, said: “She was a great woman.

“We always saw her out walking her dog.

“She was on her way to stay with her sister in Berwick for Christmas.

“She never had a bad word to say about anyone.

“She was fantastic.”

Another neighbour added: “She was well known and well-liked in the area and in teaching circles.

“She was a teacher many years ago.

“It is so sad and I feel awful for her sister. I last saw her on Monday morning when she waved over to me before she left.

“When I heard about the crash and where it happened, I feared it was Margaret.”

The driver of the lorry, a 55-year-old man, escaped injury.

The latest accident has led to renewed safety calls for the road from Anne-Marie Trevelyan, a Conservative parliamentary candidate from Berwick, who has been campaigning for the A1 to be dualled along its entire length.

The Government announced earlier this year a feasibility study would be carried out into the full dualling of the road between Berwick and Morpeth.

Northumbria Police is continuing to investigate the circumstances of the crash, and is asking any witnesses to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to contact officers on 101, extension 69191.




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