A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving following a fatal crash in North Tyneside.
Police, ambulance and fire crews were called to the scene on the Coast Road near Wallsend after the collision on Tuesday night.
A 38-year-old Blyth man and a dog were killed in the crash, which officers say only one vehicle was involved in.
Last night the man had not yet been officially named by police, who are still informing the victim’s family as they investigate what caused the incident.
The red Volkswagen Golf car was travelling eastbound on the on the A1058 when, for reasons yet to be established, it left the road at the off slip to Norham Road and collided with a crash barrier at around 7.20pm.
It is believed the car rolled several times before coming to a rest on its side.
Northumbria Police are now appealing for anyone who witnessed the crash to come forward as they try to piece together exactly what caused the car to come off the road. A spokesman also confirmed that one arrest had been made in connection to the collision on Tuesday. It is understood the man handed himself in.
He said: “At around 9.30pm the same day, a 30-year-old man who is believed to have been involved in the crash attended Bedlington police station where he was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and is helping police with inquiries.”
Motorists travelling along the busy road at the time of the accident were faced with long tailbacks as the east-bound stretch of the Coast Road between Silverlink and Norham Road was closed for around five hours to allow for collision investigations to take place. The wreckage of the car could be seen on the road as emergency services tackled the aftermath of the crash.
It is believed other motorists tried to help the man, and officers ask that anyone who witnessed the crash or has any information that could help with inquiries contact them on 101 ext 69191.