Crash death woman named

Margaret Clay
Margaret Clay

A MUM who was killed when her car crashed into a lorry parked next to a dual carriageway has been named as 42-year-old Margaret Clay.

Police say she was travelling with 15-year-old daughter Laura when her black Vauxhall Corsa collided with a parked heavy goods vehicle in a lay-by on the A19 near Hartlepool.

The teenager is said to have suffered minor injuries.

Mrs Clay, was married to Neville and also mum to Hannah, 12.

Mrs Clay, of South Hetton, was pronounced dead at the scene, while Laura was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, and later released. A 57-year-old inside the wagon at the time was said to be uninjured.

Until recently, she 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.

Don McLure, the council’s corporate director of resources, said: “We are deeply saddened to hear of Margaret’s death. She was an extremely popular and well-liked member of staff during her time with the authority, and she will be greatly missed by all those who worked with her.

“Our thoughts are with Margaret’s family at this very difficult time.”

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident at 3pm on Sunday on the northbound carriageway, around half-a-mile south of Ron Perry’s Services.

Any motorists who were travelling north or southbound on the A19 between the A689 and Ron Perry’s near the time who may have witnessed the incident to contact him on (01642) 326326 quoting reference U100373.