A CRASH involving two cars on the A68 left two people with life-threatening injuries.

Police appealed for witnesses after the crash, which was reported before 1pm on Sunday, October 1 and involved a white Seat and a blue Kia on the A68 near Bingfield.

Officers and emergency services attended the scene and the driver of the Kia, a 69-year-old man, and one of his passengers, a woman aged 25, were taken to hospital by air ambulance with critical injuries.

A woman, aged 58, and a four-year-old girl, who were also passengers in the car, were taken to hospital with suspected minor injuries.

The 23-year-old male driver of the Seat was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The road was closed for approximately six hours while emergency services attended and the vehicles were recovered. 

An investigation was launched by officers from Northumbria Police’s Motor Patrols department and police asked anyone who might have been driving in the area and have dashcam footage, or who might have seen either vehicle, to contact them.

Sergeant Russ Surrey of Northumbria Police said: “This is an incredibly serious collision which has left two people in hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries and our thoughts are with them and their family at this time.

“Three others, including a young child, have also sustained injuries and we are thankful that these appear to be minor.

“We have launched an investigation into this incident and we are interested in hearing from anyone who may have dashcam, or thinks they can help.

“We are determined to establish exactly what has happened in the moments prior to the collision so please get in touch if you can help.”

Call 101 or use the ‘Tell us Something’ page on the police website quoting log NP-20231001-0506.