Two pensioners have died in a serious crash on the A697 in Northumberland.
Northumbria Police received a call at 3.09pm to reports of a two-vehicle collision close to the New Moor House crossroads near Edlingham.
A blue Dacia Duster car, containing four people, and a grey Great Wall Steed pick-up, containing two people, had been involved in a serious collision.
Officers closed the road in both directions for several hours as emergency services descended on the scene.
The two-rear seat passengers of the Dacia – a 96-year-old woman and a 96-year-old man – were pronounced dead at the scene.
Three fire crews and a specialist rescue unit were sent to the scene as a result of a number of casualties becoming trapped in vehicles.
The 34-year-old woman driver and the 61-year-old woman passenger in the vehicle were taken to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.
The 19-year-old male driver of the pick-up and a 21-year-old male passenger were airlifted to hospital with serious injuries.
The driver is described as being in a serious but stable condition but the front seat passenger is described as being in a critical but stable condition.
Officers have been supporting the family of the deceased at this difficult time and are also available to support the family of those injured in the collision.
A North East Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “In total, we dispatched two air ambulances, three ambulances, a rapid response vehicle, two Hazardous Area Response Teams, a critical care car and officers.
“We have taken four patients to hospital – two by air to the Royal Victoria Infirmary and two by road to Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington.
“At least two of those patients suffered serious injuries.”
An investigation into the circumstances around the collision are ongoing and police are now appealing for witnesses.
Senior investigating officer, Sergeant Lee Butler, said: “This has been a very serious collision that has resulted in six people sustaining serious injuries.
“Sadly that has resulted in the death of two people and we are supporting their family at what is a very difficult time for them.
“Four people remain in hospital, one of whom remains in a critical condition. We also have officers available to support both them and their families as our enquiries continue.
“This is a complex investigation and as a result we have had to maintain a full closure of the A697 so our collision investigation unit can inspect the scene.
“We will be working to open the road at the earliest opportunity but I want to thank those affected by the closure for their patience.
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