GNAAS busy on tragic day in County Durham

Both aircraft were hard at work supporting police and ambulance in County Durham yesterday.

GNAAS sent two aircraft to two serious road traffic collisions in Newton Aycliffe and Wolsingham yesterday.

In the first, the team flew to Newton Aycliffe at 12.57pm to reports of two cars colliding. Due to the severity of the incident, our team from Langwathby near Penrith also flew to assist.

After extensive critical care on scene, one patient was airlifted to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. The flight took seven minutes.

Durham Constabulary said: “A silver Seat Ibiza and a red Renault Twingo were travelling in opposite directions on the A167 between Central Avenue, in Newton Aycliffe, and the Rushyford roundabout when the collision happened at 12.50pm.

“The 23-year-old driver of the Renault was taken to James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, with critical injuries. A 27-year-old woman who was driving the Seat was also taken to James Cook University Hospital with serious injuries.

“Anyone who witnessed the collision, or has dashcam footage, is asked to contact Durham Constabulary on 101, quoting incident number 205 of July 15.”

The second incident happened at about 5.25pm, when, according to Durham Police, two vehicles collided head-on, resulting in a man’s death.

Speaking in The Northern Echo, the police spokesperson said: “The 48-year-old driver of a Peugeot Bipper van was pronounced dead at the scene.

“A 42-year-old man, who was driving a Volkswagen Passat, was taken to the Freeman Hospital, in Newcastle, with life-threatening injuries.”

GNAAS flew to the scene to assist North East Ambulance Service, and after treatment on the roadside, airlifted one person to hospital.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has dash cam footage is asked to contact Durham Constabulary on 101, quoting incident reference 349 of July 15.

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