Woman still critical after horror smash

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A WOMAN remains in a critical condition in hospital after a horror smash in which a digger fell from a lorry and crushed a 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 yesterday.

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 morning her condition is ‘serious and critical’.

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 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 at about 2am this morning.