A motorcyclist who has died after a crash in the Tyne Tunnel on Tuesday morning has been named as a Nissan worker.
Dean Holmes was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries after the incident at 1.45am on Tuesday, which happened when he overtook a police car.
A spokesman for the car maker said: “Dean Holmes joined Nissan in 2009 and was a popular member of the team working in trim and chassis line 2. “Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.”
The rider was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries after the incident.
He was travelling north from the Jarrow end of the tunnel when he failed to stop and subsequently crashed into a barrier.
The incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, as is standard practice in these circumstances.
A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: “Our thoughts are with his family at this time.
“Inquiries are ongoing by police and we are awaiting a decision by the IPCC as to who will lead the investigation.”
IPCC spokesman Ian Christon said an assessment is still being carried out to decide whether an investigation needs to be launched.
There were a small number of vehicles at the scene at the time of the incident and police are asking anyone who witnessed anything before the incident or on approach to the Tyne Tunnel to contact them.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, quoting reference 51 of 29/09/15.