Pedestrian killed on A1(M) after being hit by lorry

A male pedestrian has been killed after being hit by a lorry on the A1(M).

Police believe it happened at about 03:20 BST southbound between junctions 59 and 58 near Newton Aycliffe in Co Durham.

Officers received a call from a driver travelling southbound who reported having to swerve to miss a pedestrian walking along the inside lane.

The A1(M) was closed for more than five hours between Aycliffe and Burtree but has reopened.

The male driver of the Volvo articulated lorry is from Bishop Auckland. He was travelling southbound on lane one of the A1(M) one mile north of Junction 58.

The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.

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