THE number of people hurt in road collisions in Hartlepool increased last year, according to new official figures.
There was 217 reported casualties in 2012 including two fatal incidents and 25 seriously injured victims.
That is up from 2011 when there was 188 road casualties although the number of fatal accidents was the same at two.
But five more people were seriously injured in 2012 compared to 2011.
The annual figures have been published by the Department for Transport and relate to all casualties reported to police within 30 days.
Nationally, the number of road casualties in road accidents was down by four per cent for 2012 at 195,723.
Hartlepool’s two fatalities both happened in December and relate to Sally Holbrokk, 48, who died in a car crash at the junction of Dalton Back Lane, on the A689, near Greatham on December 23.
The second case was James Gibson, 28, who taught at Hartlepool Sixth Form College.
He died from his injuries after he was hit by a Jaguar car on Grange Road in Hartlepool, on Wednesday, December 19.
In County Durham, 24 people lost their lives in road accidents last year an increase of six on the 2011.
Overall, the county saw 1,544 casualties including 174 seriously hurt, but the total was down by 110 casualties in 2012. Stockton, which covers Billingham, Wolviston village and parts of Wynyard, had 481 casualties in 2012, including five deaths.