Man Arrested Over Motorcycle Crash Death

4 November 2012, 08:14

A woman, who was the passenger on a motorcycle being driven by her husband, has died after a crash in County Durham.

The 39 year old woman, who hasn't been formally named, was killed in the collision on the A688 road close to a service station at Bowburn.

Durham Police said a milk tanker and a van were also involved in the crash, which happened at about 7.30pm on Thursday (1st November).

Police said the woman's 51-year-old husband, from Stanley, had tried to overtake the milk tanker, but lost control of the motorcycle and crashed into the central reservation.

The motorcycle then crossed into the opposite lane and crashed into the front of the van, according to police.

The Stanley man suffered minor facial injuries and was treated at the James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough.

He was later arrested by police on suspicion of causing death by careless driving.

After being interviewed he was released on police bail until mid-December.

The tanker driver, a 59-year-old man from Bishop Auckland, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving, interviewed and bailed to mid-December.

The driver of the van, a 53-year-old man from Gateshead, was shocked but unhurt.

Anyone who saw the incident or who has any information about it should contact Durham Police's collision investigation unit on 0191 375 2159. 

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