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Dramatic footage released of accident caused by distracted driver

Police have released dramatic footage of a car crash on the A19 which happened because a motorist was busy looking at another accident.

Craig Harding was distracted by another collision happening on the opposite side of the road in which an elderly driver had driven the wrong way down the carriageway.

60-year-old Marilyn McKnight was travelling in her Ford Ka with her son, Kevin, and daughter-in-law, Rachael, when their vehicle was hit by a Volkswagen Polo being driven by Mr Harding on 15th March 2015. Ms McKnight suffered severe injuries.

Craig Harding was charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

The pictures were released as part of a national campaign to remind drivers to be more aware on the roads.

Senior Investigating Officer, Inspector Harry Simpson, from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, said:

This footage shows what could happen should you not be giving your full attention to the road ahead. Marilyn’s life has been altered beyond recognition and her son and daughter-in-law are still suffering from the effects of that day. It’s worrying to think that a family day out could end up in such carnage."

– Senior Investigating Officer, Inspector Harry Simpson

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Police search for missing woman in Durham

Police release this image of missing woman in Durham Credit: Durham Police

Police are searching for a woman in Durham who was last seen just after 4.30pm on Thursday 12th May leaving the Marriot Hotel.

She is believed to have walked towards the city's Riverside area, to the rear of the Cellar Door Restaurant on Saddler Street.

It's thought she is in her 40's and wearing peach clothing.

A19 remains closed after accident

The A19 northbound carriageway in County Durham is still closed after an accident earlier.

The road was closed in both directions for a short time to allow an air ambulance to land. The southbound carriageway reopened at around 2pm.

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