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Investigation launched as man dies following a collision in Gateshead

An investigation has been launched after a man has died following a collision in Gateshead.

Shortly after 4am Saturday, May 7 police received a report of an overturned vehicle on the Lobley Hill footbridge of the roundabout above the A1. Officers and emergency services attended the scene and found a male driver trapped inside a white Renault Megane.

The 23-year-old driver was freed from the car and taken to hospital, however he has since sadly died. His next of kin are being supported by specialist officers at this tragic time.

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An investigation has been launched to determine the circumstances surrounding the collision and police are now appealing for any witnesses, especially anyone who might have dashcam footage, to come forward.

PC Marc Lennox, from Northumbria Police’s Motor Patrols department, has now appealed for anybody who witnessed the collision, or who has information that may assist the ongoing investigation, to come forward.

He said: “This is an incredibly tragic incident and our thoughts go out to the man’s family and friends at this time.

“An investigation has been launched to establish the circumstances surrounding the collision and we’re asking for anyone who has not yet spoken to us to get in touch, especially if you were travelling in the area and may have some information that could help our enquiries.

“We also ask that the family’s privacy is respected as they attempt to come to terms with what has happened.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police immediately by using the ‘Tell Us Something’ page on their website, or calling 101 quoting log NP-20220507-0142.

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