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Ice causes road closure

The A66, one of the north's main roads, has been closed because of "severe ice".

Durham Police say the move follows a series of accidents on Christmas morning.

The road connects the North East with the North West, and has been closed in both directions at Bowes in County Durham.

Low overnight temperatures have left ice and black ice as driving hazzards across the North East and police are urging motorists to slow down, and to drive with care.

Tributes paid to cyclist killed in lorry crash

The family of a cyclist who died after a collision with a lorry on the A66 last week have paid tribute to a "devoted family man" who "will be sorely missed."

Sean Ruff was 61-years-old and from Cleadon village near Sunderland.

“Sean was a devoted family man. He was a hugely committed and highly principled man who gave 100% to everything he did – family, sport, rugby coach, fundraiser and passionate Sunderland supporter.

“He was an avid cyclist and always wore the correct cycling safety equipment and clothing.

“He died doing something he loved and will be sorely missed. We would hope that any witnesses would come forward to assist the police with their enquiries into his tragic death.”

– Statement from family of Sean Ruff

Cyclist named in fatal lorry crash

Police have named a cyclist who died after a collision with a lorry on the A66 on Tuesday 21 May as 61-year-old Sean Ruff from Cleadon Village near Sunderland.

The incident involved an Argos delivery wagon and happened just after 6pm on the A66 westbound near to the Eaglescliffe slip road.

Sean Ruff died after his bicycle was involved in a collision with a lorry Credit: Cleveland Police

A 49-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has been bailed pending further enquiries.

Any witnesses to the incident are being asked to contact the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit on the non-emergency 101 number.

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Huge steel pipes block A66 in Middlesborough

The 40ft steel pipes came off the back of an HGV, blocking the A66. Credit: ITV news

The A66 in Middlesborough will be closed for four hours after two 40ft long steel pipes came off the back of an HGV.

It's thought a second HGV then crashed into the pipes. No one was hurt.

The A66 near the Riverside Stadium will be closed for four hours. Credit: ITV news

A66 in Middlesbrough will be closed for 4 hours after HGV collision

Police have closed both carriageways of the A66 close to Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium after a two huge steel pipes fell off an HGV into the path of a second lorry.

It's thought the second HGV collided into the pipes which are 40 foot long and 4 foot in diameter. Nobody was hurt in the accident.

The second lorry was carrying a liquid but there has been no spillage. Officers were called just before 11.30. Cleveland Fire Brigade is at the scene.

Drivers have been warned the road will remain closed in both directions for at least four hours.

28-year-old woman dies in A66 road accident

The accident took place on the A66 close to the Darlington Stadium. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A woman has died after the car she was travelling in left the road on the outskirts of Darlington.

The 28-year-old was a passenger in the VW Golf which was heading west on the A66 shortly before 6 o'clock this morning. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police believe surface water caused the car to leave the road and collide with trees. Four other people were in the car at the time; two were taken to hospital for treatment.

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