A WOMAN remains in a critical condition in hospital - over two days after a horror smash in which a digger fell from a lorry and crushed her car.
Eyewitnesses said the two vehicles collided near the railway bridge on the eastbound carriageway of the A194 at Leam Lane, near Fellgate, Jarrow, at 11am on Sunday.
The accident caused one of three diggers being transported on the lorry to spin around, crash into the central brick supporting wall of the bridge and then topple onto the Vauxhall Antara.
Firefighters from Hebburn spent more than an hour cutting the woman, who is in her thirties, free, before she was airlifted to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary by the Great North Air Ambulance (GNAA), with serious head and facial injuries.
Police said this afternoon she remains in a critical condition in hospital.
Two other passengers, who are believed to have been an elderly woman and child, managed to free themselves and they were taken to South Tyneside District Hospital, in South Shields, for treatment.
One of the passengers has been released from hospital and the other, believed to be the elderly lady, remains at hospital for treatment.
Metro trains were suspended between Pelaw and Brockley Whins, as safety checks were carried out on the bridge.
The east bound carriageway was also closed for most of the afternoon, with diversions in place on the A194 at Mill Lane, Hebburn.
The road was fully re-opened in the early hours of Monday morning.
South Tyneside Council has vowed to work with Northumbria Police, Nexus and Network Rail to see if any safety measures on the stretch of road are required.