One woman has been killed and two people are fighting for their lives following separate crashes in South Tyneside

Police have launched an investigation following the death of a woman in South Shields.

Emergency crews, including the Great North Air Ambulance Service were called to Marsden Road in the town just before 5.30pm today.

The scene of an incident in Marsden Road where a pedestrian was killed.

The scene of an incident in Marsden Road where a pedestrian was killed.

The road, near the junction of Bulmer Road, was closed off for several hours while officers were on the scene.

A spokesperson from Northumbria Police said: "At around 5.30pm officers attended the scene where a woman had collided with the vehicle.

"Sadly she was pronounced dead at the scene."

This incident happened just hours after two people, a man and a woman, were airlifted to the RVI in a critical condition following a crash between a motorcycle and a car at Marsden Grotto.

The scene of an incident in Marsden Road where a pedestrian was killed.

The scene of an incident in Marsden Road where a pedestrian was killed.

The pair, the motorcyclist and pillion passenger, were said to have life-threatening injuries following the Coast Road smash shortly before 2pm..

This road was also closed for several hours while investigators carried out their work.

A spokesman for the Great North Air Ambulance said they were called to the scene at 2.05pm.

He said: “We were called to assist the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) after a man and a woman were seriously injured in a road traffic collision involving a motorcycle in Marsden, South Shields.

Marsden Road where a pedestrian was killed.

Marsden Road where a pedestrian was killed.

“Because of the severity of the injuries sustained by both patients, we flew a second aircraft, from Langwathby, near Penrith, to assist.

“The two GNAAS doctor-led trauma teams, supported by their colleagues from NEAS, induced both patients into comas, before they were flown to the RVI in Newcastle for ongoing treatment.

“Both were in a critical condition on arrival at hospital.”

The medics said the two people had suffered life-threatening injuries to their heads, chests, pelvis’ and legs.

Scene of crash at Marsden Grotto.

Scene of crash at Marsden Grotto.

Anyone who might have witnessed either incident it urged to call police on 101.