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Probe after 'vehicle plunge' at Northumberland quarry

An investigation by the police and the Health and Safety Executive has begun after a worker died in a "serious accident" at a quarry.

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

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

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."

County councillor Steven Bridgett said: "It is with great sadness that I have learned, following an incident at Harden (Biddlestone) Quarry in Upper Coquetdale, that a member of staff at the site tragically lost their life.

"We are a close knit community in Coquetdale and on behalf of the residents of the valley I would like to offer our deepest sympathy to the bereaved family.

"I would also like to extend my sincerest appreciation to the emergency services who attended the scene today, who acted with professionalism and were a credit to Northumberland."

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