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 Witness appeal after man dies in A66 collision


THE family of a man who died following a collision on the A66 this morning have paid tribute to him.

Tom Harker was driving a vehicle on the eastbound carriageway near Sadberge when he was involved in a collision with a lorry at 7.45am.

The 68-year-old, from Sadberge, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

In a statement his family said: “It is with deepest regret that we announce the death of Thomas (Tom) Harker who was involved in a tragic road traffic collision on the A66 near Sadberge today.

“He was a much loved husband and father and will be sadly missed.

“We wish to thank everyone for their support and ask to be left to grieve in peace.”

The male driver of the lorry was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

A blue Ford Fiesta, a dark blue Volkswagen Passat and a white van were also damaged during the collision.

The road was closed to allow collision investigators to work at the scene. The westbound carriageway has since reopened.

Witnesses are asked to call Durham Constabulary on 101, quoting incident number 46 of April 26.

Officers are also keen to hear from anyone who may have dashcam footage of the collision.