Inquests opened into tragic deaths of two motorists who died less than 48 hours apart

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INQUESTS have been opened into the tragic deaths of two motorists who died in separate accidents less than 48 hours apart.

INQUESTS have been opened into the tragic deaths of two motorists who died in separate accidents less than 48 hours apart.

Colin George Brown, 60, (right) from Lancaster Road, in Hartlepool, was declared dead after he was airlifted to hospital after a smash with a minibus on the B1280 as it joins the A179.

It’s believed the former driving instructor was attempting to perform a u-turn in the road when he died in the smash at around 5.30pm on Thursday.

Andrew Dunn, 25, from Wynyard, also lost his life in tragic circumstances after his Ford Fiesta collided with a blue Peugeot on the A689 between Wynyard and Sedgefield at around 11.40am on Saturday.

Coroner’s officer Sandra Martin opened both inquests at Hartlepool Coroner’s office, in York Road, yesterday.

Both were adjourned while investigations are concluded.

Mrs Martin said: “We are waiting for the results of police investigations into both of the accidents which are being carried out by the road policing unit.

“We are also waiting for the results of the post mortem examinations.

“The date for the inquests to be concluded is still to be set.”

The father of Mr Dunn and a friend of Mr Brown attended the inquests yesterday.

As reported in yesterday’s Mail, Mr Brown leaves behind two adult sons, one who lives in County Durham and the other who lives in Australia.

At the time of his death he was working for a landscaping company based near Eaglescliffe.

The road, on the outskirts of Hartlepool, was closed for nearly six hours following the horror smash, which also left 11 passengers on the minibus Mr Brown collided with needing hospital treatment.

The driver of the bus, a man in his 50s from Crook, avoided injury.

Mr Dunn was declared dead at the scene after the smash two days later on the A689.

The driver of the car he collided with suffered cuts and bruises but the passenger in the Peugeot was airlifted to hospital with suspected head, pelvic and abdominal injuries. Both were released from hospital.

Mr Dunn’s family described him as a happy person who “spread happiness in the hearts of everyone he met”.