Margaret Clay A19 crash death police in coach appeal

Margaret Clay
Image caption Mrs Clay worked as a secretary

Police are trying to trace coach passengers who might be able to help in an investigation into the death of a County Durham mother-of-two.

Margaret Clay was with her daughter when the Vauxhall Corsa they were in hit a lorry parked in a lay-by on the A19 near Hartlepool on 5 June.

Mrs Clay, 42, from South Hetton, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her daughter, 15, suffered minor injuries.

Police are trying to trace a coach travelling north at the time.

The articulated lorry was parked in a lay-by near the Ron Perry Garage at the time of the crash.

A Cleveland Police spokesman said: "We are asking if anyone was on a coach travelling by the scene at the time because they may have seen something that could aid the investigation.

"The coach was travelling northbound around the area of the A689 Hartlepool and Bishop Auckland turn-off, up to the scene of the collision.

"We would like to hear from any coach passengers who were travelling through the Cleveland area from around 2.45pm to 3pm on Sunday.

"We would also like any coach driver who took this route on Sunday to get in touch."

A 57-year-old man in the HGV was uninjured.

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