Coach sighting appeal after fatal crash

Margaret Clay
Margaret Clay

POLICE investigating a fatal crash are asking motorists if they saw a coach at around the time of the tragic incident.

Mum-of-two Margaret Clay, 42, died after her black Vauxhall Corsa struck a parked truck and trailer in a lay-by off the A19 near Hartlepool.

Traffic officers are now asking if anyone saw a coach travelling northbound along the dual-carriageway near the A689 Hartlepool turn-off up to the scene of the crash, which was around half-a-mile before Ron Perry’s Services, when the smash happened at around 3pm on Sunday.

They also want to hear from any coach drivers and passengers who were on that route from 2.45pm up until the incident.

Former District of Easington council worker Mrs Clay, of South Hetton, had been travelling with her daughter Laura, 15, when the car hit the truck.

The teenager suffered minor injuries and was released from the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton.

Mrs Clay, who was married to Neville and is also mum to Hannah, 12, worked for District of Easington council at its offices in Seaside Lane and then Durham County Council when it became a unitary authority two years ago.

The 57-year-old truck driver is said to have been left “extremely shaken” but physically unharmed.

Anyone with information can contact Inspector Dave Allen by phoning Cleveland Police on (01642) 326326, quoting event number U100373.