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 Tributes paid to teenager who died in Tanfield collision


​A teenager has died following a one vehicle collision near Stanley on Thursday.

Andrew Rowlands was a passenger in the car when it crashed on Barcusclose Lane, Tanfield, shortly after 2.30pm.

The 18-year-old, of Consett, was taken to the RVI, in Newcastle, with serious injuries but sadly he was pronounced dead a short time later.

His father John paid tribute to him in a statement, saying: “Andrew was an honest, true gentleman who would always put other people’s needs before his own and would never have seen anyone stuck.

“He was a kind, loving and caring individual who brought warmth and laughter wherever he went and always wanted to give and never take.”

The driver and a second passenger suffered minor injuries.

The road was closed for a short time while an investigation was carried out at the scene.

Witnesses are asked to call Durham Constabulary on 101, quoting incident number 232 of June 18.