Police name granddad killed in crash

CRASH DEATH: Alan McGee, who died in an accident on the A181 near Wheatley Hill on Monday.
CRASH DEATH: Alan McGee, who died in an accident on the A181 near Wheatley Hill on Monday.
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A 76-year-old granddad was killed in a car crash near a petrol station.

Alan McGee died after his green Toyota Corolla collided with a silver Peugeot 406 in Wheatley Hill.

Mr McGee, from Vicarage Estate, in Wingate, suffered serious injuries and was certified dead at the scene.

Police, who are appealing for information, say Mr McGee’s car was turning into the Jet service station on the A181 when it smashed into an oncoming vehicle at 9.50am on Monday, October 8.

A Durham Constabulary spokesman said: “The vehicle slowed down and entered a protected right turn reserve to cross the eastbound lane to enter the service station forecourt. After an oncoming vehicle passed, the Toyota started a right turn and a collision occurred between the Toyota and a silver Peugeot travelling in the opposite direction.”

The 46-year-old driver of the Peugeot, from Chilton, suffered minor injuries and was taken to the University Hospital of North Durham. The road was closed until shortly before 2.30pm.

Mr McGee worked as a joiner at the Castle Eden brewery but retired on medical grounds some years ago. He leaves a wife, Elizabeth, who is known locally as Betty, and a son, Alan junior, and daughter, Karen, both are in their 40s. He was also a granddad.

Anyone with information can contact Durham Police’s collision investigation unit on (0191) 3752159.