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Probe after 'vehicle plunge' at Northumberland quarry

Police and the Health and Safety Executive have begun an investigation into a "serious accident" at a quarry.

Unconfirmed reports suggested the incident at Harden Quarry, in Biddlestone near Rothbury, Northumberland, involved a vehicle falling some distance.

Five ambulance crews were sent to the remote scene following a call at around 10.38am.

A North East Ambulance Service spokeswoman said one of the crews was from the Hazardous Area Response Team.

Three fire engines and a specialist rescue unit were also scrambled.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service was alerted but the call was stood down before the helicopter flew to the scene.

A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: "The Health and Safety Executive and police are investigating a serious accident at Harden Quarry at Biddlestone, Northumberland, today."

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