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Appeals after separate crashes in County Durham

DSC_0015[A] truck driver remains seriously ill in hospital after his vehicle left the A1 motorway in County Durham yesterday afternoon.

Shortly after 3pm on Wednesday a DAF curtain-sided lorry heading north on the A1(M) between junctions 59 and 60 left the road and went down an embankment before coming to rest in a field (see photo).

The driver is thought to have been taken ill at the wheel and he received medical treatment initially from road policing officers and then paramedics including air ambulance.

He is 64-years-old and from the Fenham area of Newcastle, a short time ago his condition in the James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough was described as ‘very poorly.

The northbound carriageway was closed for around 90 minutes as a result of the crash.

Police are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen the incident or the white and blue truck at any point beforehand.

A biker was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after colliding with a car.

The incident happened yesterday (Wednesday, June 7) at 6.25pm on the A1086 Coast Road at Blackhall Rocks, near Peterlee.

The driver of a blue VW Beetle, which was travelling east along the road, collided with a Kawasaki motorbike which was travelling in the opposite direction.

The rider was thrown from his bike and suffered serious injuries, including a broken back.

He was airlifted to James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, where he remains in a stable condition.

The driver of the car sustained minor injuries.

Anyone with any information on the collision is asked to call the Durham Collision Investigation Unit on 0191 375 2159, quoting incident number 356 of June 7, 2017.

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