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Should more be done to improve safety on the A19 at Elwick?

A pensioner has died after a horror smash that closed the A19 for five hours.

The collision, involving a Suzuki motorbike and a non-UK registered Peugeot 807, happened on the busy southbound carriageway close to the Elwick junction, on the outskirts of Hartlepool, at 7.50pm yesterday.

A 71-year-old man, who was riding the motorbike, was pronounced dead at the scene.

It is the second time in a matter of months that a motorist has died on that stretch of the A19.