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Man arrested over Ryton crash which left teenage girl in critical condition; 19-year-old woman passenger and elderly pedestrian remain in critical condition in hospital after smash in Ryton, Gateshead.

Byline: Sophie Doughty

A dangerous driving suspect has been questioned over a crash that left a teenager and elderly man fighting for life.

The 19-year-old woman suffered serious injuries when the car she was in was involved in a collision with a pedestrian in the Stargate area of Ryton, Gateshead, on Tuesday afternoon.

The pedestrian, an elderly man, was also seriously hurt, and both remain in a 'critical' condition in hospital.

The Chronicle can today reveal that Northumbria Police officers investigating the collision have questioned a man.

The 23-year-old was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, but has since been released on bail.

A spokesman for the force said: "A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving. He was released on bail pending further inquiries."

Loved ones of the young woman, who is believed to be from Winlaton, have flooded Facebook with messages since the incident, which happened on Cushycow Lane at around 2.30pm.

Kelly Watson said on our Facebook page: "Come on, you can pull through, you have everyone behind you."

And Sharon Reilly Thompson added: "We're all praying for you. You can pull through this."

The Chronicle understands the 19-year-old may have been in the passenger seat of the car at the time of the collision.

She was air-lifted to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle by the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS).

The road was closed for six hours while collision investigators carried out inquiries, and re-opened at around 9pm.

A spokesman for the GNAAS confirmed that a doctor from the charity treated a woman at the scene before flying her to hospital.

He said: "At 2.45pm the Great North Air Ambulance Service was called to Stargate, near Ryton, where two people were critically injured in a single vehicle road traffic collision. Working alongside the North East Ambulance Service, we assessed both patients.

"An elderly male was taken to hospital by road.

"Our doctor led trauma team administered blood and anaesthetic to a 19-year-old female who was then flown to the Royal Victoria Infirmary.

"The flight took four minutes and the patient was critical on arrival."

Any witnesses should call Northumbria Police on 101.

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