POLICE today named the two people who died at the weekend when their motorbike collided with an articulated lorry.
The collision, between the Iveco articulated lorry and the Yamaha off road motorbike happened at around 2.50am on the northbound carriageway of the A19 just south of Hawthorn services, on Saturday.
The motorbike rider and pillion passenger were confirmed dead at the scene and have yet to be formally identified but are believed to be 21-year-old Alexander James Mackenzie from Newlands Road, in Seaham, and 21-year-old Angela Bate, from Wycliffe Road in Seaham. A formal identification is expected to take place later this week.
Police believe the motorbike was travelling in the same direction as the LGV when the vehicles collided.
The driver of the lorry, a 51-year-old man from Pontefract in West Yorkshire was treated for shock but was otherwise unhurt. He was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, interviewed and bailed pending further enquiries.
Senior investigating officer, Sergeant Jonathan Morgan appealed for anyone who might have seen the vehicles prior to the collision to come forward.
He said: “While we work to establish what happened in the lead up to the collision we would ask for anyone who may have seen either of the vehicles in the area at the time mentioned to come forward as soon as possible. Our team of investigators is working hard to establish a timeline leading up to the incident and any information provided which could assist this would be helpful”
Anyone with information should contact the collision investigation unit on 0191 375 2159.