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Two die in motorbike crash in County Durham

A man and a woman were killed when their motorcycle was involved in a collision with a lorry on the A19 in County Durham.

It happened at 2.45am on Saturday, July 6th.

The names of the two victims have not been released.

Police say the man was 20 years old, and the woman was 21.

The driver of the lorry, a 51 year old man from Pontefract, was unhurt.

He has been arrestred on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

After being interviewed at Peterlee police station, the driver was released on police bail pending further enquiries.

The A19 was closed in both directions near the Hawthorne Services for much of the day.

At 4pm on Saturday police said the southbound carriageway had been re-opened, and one lane of the northbound carriageway was open.

"Whilst we work to establish what happened in the lead up to this collision, we ask anyone who may have seen either vehicle prior to this crash to come forward."

– Sergeant Jonathan Morgan, Durham Constabulary

Traffic at standstill after car overturns on the A19

The A19 southbound is closed - queueing traffic due to an overturned car between the A1046 Haverton Hill Road (Portrack Interchange) and the A1130 Levick Crescent.

The car was travelling on the northbound carriageway when it flipped over onto the southbound carriageway.

The road is expected to remain closed for several hours. Police have extended the closure back to the Portrack Interchange.

Diversion is via the A66.

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