Man dies in A1M collision in County Durham

A man has died after the car he was driving was in collision with a lorry on the A1M in County Durham.

The crash happened on the northbound carriageway between Bowburn and Bradbury at about 01:15 BST on Sunday.

David Patrick Leonard, 45, from Hylton Road, Sunderland, was taken to hospital where he later died from his injuries, Durham Police said.

The lorry driver, a 58-year-old man from Chester-le-Street, was uninjured. Police are appealing for witnesses.

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    North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust said its nurseries at Hartlepool Hospital and University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton had become uneconomic to run.

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    Training centre closure 'bitter blow' 14:36: Richard Moss Political editor, North East & Cumbria

    The Youth Justice Board has confirmed it is stopping support for the 58 places for young people at Hassockfield secure training centre in Consett, County Durham.

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    I was given a glimpse of the future this week, but it wasn't flying cars or teleportation. Instead it was seven councillors in a room making decisions. The councillors I saw were the leading members of the North East Combined Authority.

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    Homeless man in tunnel

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    Middlesbrough mayor Ray Mallon

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