Tyne & Wear

Longhoughton Quarry death driver named as David Hume

Longhoughton Quarry sign
Image caption The quarry has been in use for several years

A worker who died after his excavator plunged into a hole which then filled with water has been named by police.

David Hume, 58, from Chapel Lands in Alnwick, was found at Longhoughton Quarry, near Alnwick, on Saturday.

Paramedics treated him at the scene before an RAF rescue helicopter took him to Wansbeck General Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Northumbria Police and officials from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have begun an investigation.

A police spokesman described Mr Hume as a "very well known and liked" member of the local community.

No-one from the site's current operator, Alnwick-based KWP, was available for comment.

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