A female has tragically died following a horrific collision in which three others were injured in Sunderland.
Emergency crews attended at the scene on the A1231 between the Queen Alexandra Bridge and the Northern Spire Bridge shortly after 1.20am on December 3 after police were alerted to reports of a collision.
Officers from Northumbria Police who attended the scene found that, for reasons yet to be established, a black Vauxhall Astra had left the carriageway and crossed the central reservation before colliding with fencing on the opposite side of the road.
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Emergency services attended the scene and sadly a female passenger in the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.
Formal identification has yet to take place but officers have informed the next of kin of the female believed to have been involved.
Another female inside the vehicle has been taken to hospital with serious injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening at this time. Two other occupants suffered minor injuries.
A full investigation is ongoing into the circumstances surrounding the collision and police are now asking anybody with information to get in touch.
A North East Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We received a call to 999 at 1.23am this morning to reports of a road traffic collision on the A1231 in Millfield, Sunderland.
“We sent a duty officer, clinical team leader, hazardous area response team, a doctor from Great North Air Ambulance Service and three emergency ambulance crews.
“On arrival at the scene, we found four patients. Tragically, one female patient died at the scene and our thoughts are with her loved ones at this time.
“Our teams took the three remaining patients to Sunderland Royal Hospital for further treatment.”
Inspector Sarah Munnelly, of Northumbria Police’s Motor Patrols Department, said: “This is a devastating outcome and our thoughts are with the female’s family at this time.
“We will continue to offer them any support they need and I would ask everyone to give them the privacy they deserve.
“We are carrying out a range of enquiries into the circumstances surrounding this collision. It is crucial that we find out what happened in the immediate moments before the incident – and I’m asking the public for their help.
“If you witnessed the collision, or were driving in the area in the early hours of this morning and saw a black Astra, we want to hear from you. Please check any dashcam footage and let us know if you see anything that may be of assistance.
“Your information, no matter how insignificant you feel it may be, could be crucial to our enquiries.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of the Northumbria Police website or by calling 101 quoting log NP-20221203-0062.