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Man charged after South Shields couple hurt on A66

Police have charged a 44-year old man following a serious crash yesterday (Monday 24th October) on the A66 at Temple Sowerby in North Cumbria.

Jerry Bouma, aged 44, of no fixed address, has been charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving and driving a motor vehicle when above the alcohol limit.

Mr Bouma, a Dutch national, will appear before North Cumbria Magistrates Court today (25th October 2016).

The charge follows a crash involving three vehicles on the A66 which left two people from South Shields with serious injuries.

They were taken to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough.

Mr Bouma was driving a Renualt Master van.

The other two vehicles involved were a black Nissan Qashqai and a red Renault Scenic.

Fatal collision on A66 in County Durham

Delays caused by A66 collision Credit: ITV News

A man has died following a collision on the A66 at Longnewton in County Durham this morning.

His family have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.

One lane of the westbound carriageway has reopened. The eastbound carriageway is expected to reopen within the hour.


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.

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.

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