A pensioner has died after driving her car the wrong down a major road and crashing into oncoming vehicles.
The 84-year-old woman, who has not yet been named, was pronounced dead at the scene on the A1, near Morpeth, Northumberland.
The police were called at just after 3.50pm on Saturday after witnesses had seen a car driving southbound on the northbound side of the road.
Northumbria Police said minutes later the car crashed into the central reservation after colliding with cars that were travelling the other way.
A 51-year-old man from another vehicle was airlifted to the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) in Newcastle with chest and abdominal injuries and is said to be in a serious condition.
A 52-year-old female passenger from the same car was also taken to the RVI where her condition is described as serious but not life threatening.
Several other cars were also hit in the incident but the occupants sustained only minor injuries.
Inquiries are still being carried out by Northumbria Police's Motor Patrols officers who are keen to speak to any witnesses.