THE driver who died in a crash when his car swerved into oncoming traffic has been named.
Scott Ineson, 26, was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision on the A689 in Sedgefield at 12.30pm on Thursday.
Mr Ineson was living in Milton Avenue, Hebburn, but has family in Sunderland.
He was driving a Ford Fiesta Zetec which had been heading east when it swerved into the opposite lane on a left hand bend, smashing into a Skoda Fabia which had been heading west.
Paramedics and the Great North Air Ambulance service tried to save Mr Ineson following the crash, which happened half a mile east of junction 60 of the A1(M).
The road was closed for more than five hours as investigations were carried out.
The driver of the Skoda, a 64-yr-old woman from Durham, remains in the James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough with chest and abdominal injuries.
She is classed as serious but stable.
Her passenger, a man aged 41, also from Durham, is in the same hospital with what are thought to be minor injuries.
Any witnesses who have not already come forward should contact the road policing unit on 101 or 375 2159.