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Police appeal for witnesses after motorcyclist seriously injured on A19.

Police are appealing for witnesses following a crash on the A19 southbound at Billingham on Thursday afternoon (12th May.)

The crash took place at around 4pm and involved a motorcyclist, a blue Ford Fiesta and a red Honda Civic.

The motorbike ride, a man from the Eaglescliffe area, was taken to James Cook University Hospital by air ambulance suffering from leg injuries, internal injuries, a dislocated shoulder and broken ribs.

The A19 was closed in both directions whilst the air ambulance landed.

Roads were reopened at around 5.25pm.

Man dies after crash on the A19

A fatal crash occurred on the A19 (Wed 11th) Credit: Durham Police

Police are appealing for witnesses to a fatal collision on the A19 in County Durham yesterday afternoon (Wed 11th May)

It happened just before 1pm on the northbound carriageway - just before the slip road to the A1018 which is to the north of Dalton Park.

Two vehicles were involved, a blue Ford Ranger, driven by a 49-year-old man from Thornaby on Teesside and an Iveco lorry, driven by a man aged 26 from Bradford.

The Ranger was driving in the inside lane when for some reason it veered across the carriageway, and hit the central reservation.

It then crossed back into lane one and crashed into the rear of the truck.

The driver of the Ford Ranger was taken by air ambulance to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle where he later died.

It’s thought he may have been taken ill at the wheel.

A post mortem will now be carried out.

The victim's family have been informed and police have released the picture of the vehicles involved to help with their enquiries.


A19 northbound reopens following collision

The A19 northbound has re-opened following a six vehicle collision this morning.

The accident happened between the A1231 Wessington Way and the A184 Newcastle Road near Testo’s Roundabout. Two people have been taken to hospital.

North Yorkshire bus crash - two taken to hospital

One of the coaches involved in the crash on the A19. Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Two people have been taken to hospital after two coaches crashed on the A19 in North Yorkshire - one passenger with serious abdominal injuries.

The collision involved two single-decker holiday coaches travelling from Durham to York.

The other coach had damage to its rear end. Credit: North Yorkshire Police

The crash happened at 10am on Sunday at Bagby, three miles south of Thirsk.

The two coaches were carrying approximately 50 passengers in total.

North Yorkshire Police say two of them suffered injuries.

One passenger, who received minor injuries to the hand, has been treated at York Hospital. The other passenger received more serious abdominal injuries and is being treated at James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough.

More coaches were sent to the scene to take uninjured passengers to a safe place.

Stretch of A19 to remain closed until 10pm due to overturned tanker

An overturned tanker has meant that part of the A19 Southbound will remain closed down to one lane until at least 10pm tonight, April 2.

The lorry driver was cut free from his vehicle by emergency services and taken to James Cook University Hospital.

Credit: Cleveland Police

A single lane will be open on the A19 Southbound from the A174 turn off:

Credit: Cleveland Police

Cleveland Police have said they are expecting traffic to be extremely busy around the area, so please allow extra time for your journey.

Two men seriously injured as lorries collide on A19

Two men are in James Cook Hospital with 'life-threatening' injuries are two lorries collided on the A19 at Ingleby Arncliffe.

The two wagons, a white Daf and a white Volvo, were both travelling along the southbound carriageway when they collided near Exleby Services in the late afternoon yesterday, 11th December.

The driver of the Daf lorry and his passenger were both seriously hurt in the collision and were taken to hospital for treatment.

North Yorkshire Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision to come forward with information by calling 101.


Victim and fiancee - photo

Andrew Nimmo and Jannine Leslie Credit: Family photo

Andrew Nimmo and his fiancee Jannine Leslie were due to marry this year. Andrew died when his truck was hit by an articulated lorry driven by John Kirk on the A19 near Middlesbrough. Kirk was jailed for five years.

My life instantly changed because I died with him that day. My soul mate, my best friend, died.

– Janinne Lesley

"A disaster waiting to happen" - investigating officer

Kirk showed no regard for the rules of the road. He ignored the strict legislation around working hours, had two jobs and went to great lengths to fabricate a false record of what work he was doing and when. He had also been speeding for most of the journey and had taken a call without a hands-free kit which lasted almost an hour.

“His disregard for road safety was blatant. This was not an accident. Due to Kirk’s driving and lifestyle, in reality it was a disaster waiting to happen. Sadly for Andrew’s family and also for Lada Khazanovych, the driver of the other vehicle hit by Kirk, that disaster happened on that fateful morning on the A19. Lada and Andrew’s family have been made to suffer significantly because of John Kirk’s irresponsible actions. Hopefully though, today will allow them to begin to move forward with their lives.

– PC Darren Cawthorne, senior investigating officer

"Our lives are shattered" - dead trucker's mother

John Kirk's total disregard for drivers hours rules and regulations have robbed our family and Janinne and her family of a wonderful and settled family life with our beloved son and Janinne's fiancé, Andrew.

“The fact that he was severely sleep deprived and had earlier also used his mobile phone illegally whilst having two warnings for it means that he will have to live with killing Andrew for the rest of his life. He was an accident waiting to happen.

“We hope there is a message here to other drivers as to the devastation these actions can have on family and friends if they flout these laws which are in place to ensure that the roads are kept safe....

"Our lives are shattered now, we can never get over losing our son."

– Gail Nimmo, Andrew Nimmo's mother

Porn-watching trucker jailed after death crash

John Kirk - jailed for five years Credit: Cleveland Police
Scene of crash on A19 Credit: Harry Whitehouse

A lorry driver who was looking at porn on his mobile phone before he fell asleep at the wheel killing another trucker has been jailed for five years.

John Kirk of Boston in Lincolnshire was driving his articulated lorry on the A19 near Middlesbrough when he ran into another lorry and a Ford Focus on the hard shoulder. Their drivers were exchanging details after a minor accident.

The truck driver who died - 24 year old Andrew Nimmo from Murton, County Durham - was due to marry his fiance Janinne Leslie within a year. The car driver, Lada Khazanovych, a pianist from Darlington, was badly injured.

Kirk had had only four to six hours sleep in the 31 hours before the crash and had also been holding down another full-time job at a printers.

Matthew Gent, defending, said that Kirk's wife had left him since the crash and he had been in jail since his last court appearance in November at his request. Kirk was jailed for five years and banned for five years and until he passes an extended driving test. He pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and falsely recording rest days.

It was a straight road and there was ample opportunity to see those vehicles. When you were alerted to their presence on waking it was too late to do anything about it

– Judge Mrs Justice Simler
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