Tyne & Wear

Heart attack coach driver dies in A1 Gateshead crash

Coach crash
Image caption The coach hit a lamppost before going up the embankment

The driver of a coach which crashed on the A1 on Tyneside died after suffering a heart attack at the wheel, police have said.

None of the passengers on the 60-seater bus were seriously hurt when it crashed into a lamppost and came to rest on an embankment at Lobley Hill, Gateshead.

The coach was taking a group of adults and children to the Lake District.

Police said the 74-year-old driver was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead but later died.

The road was closed for several hours while the vehicle, owned by Bells of Stamfordham in Northumberland, was recovered.

No one from the bus company was available for comment.

A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said the identity of the driver was being withheld until relatives had been informed.

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