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Lorry driver rushed to hospital after HGV overturned on roundabout off A1

A lorry driver was cut out of his cab after his HGV overturned on a roundabout off the A1.
The blue 14-wheeler lorry tipped onto its side while navigating the Mill House roundabout in Washington between the A1 and the A1231.
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X-Factor COCAINE crisis: Drug-taking contestants plunge show into meltdown

After being walloped in the ratings by BBC’s Strictly, bosses now have another headache on their hands.

Show favourite Aidan Martin has admitted he was a cocaine user.


SHOCKING: X-Factor favourite Aidan Martin was a former cocaine user

“Those days are well and truly behind me”

Aidan Martin

The revelation comes just 24 hours after ITV producers booted out singer Anthony Russell for taking drugs.

Barman Aidan told how his life fell apart after he was rejected by X Factor when he first auditioned in 2007, and moved to London.


DRUG SCANDAL: Aidan is the second contestant to admit to drug use this year

He said: “I got in with the wrong crowd and I was doing drugs. Cocaine and weed.

“I was going out with my friends and doing it to excess.


Aidan admitted to formerly doing both cocaine and weed

“My life was on a downward spiral and I had no idea how I’d get out. It was horrendous.”

Aidan, from South Shields, Tyne and Wear, said he is now clean of drugs.

He added: “I’ve got a dream and there’s no way I’d let anything stand in the way of that. Those days are well and truly behind me.”

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Emergency services at Team Valley roundabout after lorry overturns near A1

A lorry has overturned on a Team Valley[1] roundabout during rush hour.

Police and firefighters were called to the scene on the Lamesley Roundabout in Gateshead[2] at around 5.45pm on Thursday.

The white Mercedes-Benz lorry had fallen onto its side as it negotiated the roundabout underneath the A1.

It is not believed that anyone was hurt and firefighters said no one was rescued from inside the lorry’s cab.

Firefighters could be seen examining the lorry, which landed across a path and grass verge.

The overturned lorry in Team Valley (Image: Staff)

The windscreen had smashed on one side and a small diesel spill leaked out onto the road.

One lane of the roundabout has been closed while firefighters from Newcastle[3] and Swalwell stations work to clear the diesel spill from the road.

Northumbria Police said[4] officers were on the scene and were waiting for a recovery vehicle to clear the lorry.

Earlier on Thursday afternoon, four vehicles were involved in a crash on the A1 north near the Angel of the North.

Police closed one lane at around 5pm with traffic tailing back to Birtley.

The road was cleared and re-opened at around 5.40pm.


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