A HARTLEPOOL man involved in a dual carriageway smash has died in hospital.
The 24-year-old was rushed to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough following the crash on the northbound carriageway of the A19 just before the Easington services.
The incident happened at around 12.30am on Friday, March 7, and involved a silver Peugeot 206 car being driven by the tragic town man who was the only person in the vehicle at the time.
Police say the vehicle left the road to the nearside and collided with a lamppost.
A spokeswoman for Durham Police said: “The driver was taken to James Cook Hospital where he unfortunately died on Thursday morning.”
Two fire engines from Peterlee Fire Station were sent to the incident and crew members had to cut the man from the wreckage.
He was taken to hospital by ambulance in a critical, but stable condition and with life-threatening injuries.
The smash saw the carriageway closed for four hours.
The spokesman said officers are still appealing for witnesses to the crash who have not yet spoken to police to come forward.
She said: “Police are appealing for witnesses following the serious collision on the A19.
“The one-vehicle collision happened at 12.30am on Friday, 300 yards south of the Easington services.
“A Peugeot 206 left the northbound carriageway and collided with a lamppost.
“The police, fire and ambulance service attended the scene and the road was closed for four hours.”
Fire crews spent an hour at the scene and diversions were in place via the A182 at Easington during the road closure.
Officers say they are in the process of informing members of the man’s family.
Any witnesses who have not yet spoken to police to come forward and ring 101, ask for Durham Constabulary, and quote the reference number DHM-07032014-0007.