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Rush-hour chaos after crash forces road closure.

TRAFFIC was brought to a standstill on Newcastle Quayside during rush-hour yesterday after a driver lost control of his car.

Police were called to the crash at around 8.45am.

It is thought a man in his 60s fell ill at the wheel of the car, losing control and crashing into bollards before the vehicle began rolling backwards, hitting a wall opposite the Jolly Fisherman restaurant.

The road was closed to traffic between the Law Courts and the junction with City Road until 10.30am.

A North East Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: "We received a call to reports of a road traffic collision on the Quayside.

"We sent one rapid response vehicle, a double-crewed ambulance and a hazardous area response team.

"We've taken one patient to the RVI."

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service's water rescue teams were down on the Quayside for a training exercise at the time of the crash.

Crews rushed to the crash scene to offer assistance.

However ambulance crews had already arrived to treat the patient.

Northumbria Police said: "At about 8.50am this morning police received report of a one vehicle road traffic collision outside Newcastle Law Courts.

"Emergency services attended and a man, believed to be in his 60s was taken to hospital. A road closure between the law courts and city road is in place."

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 17, 2018
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