A MUM-OF-TWO has died after her car crashed into a truck on the A19.
Margaret Clay, 42, of Abbeydale Gardens, South Hetton, was pronounced dead at the scene after her black Vauxhall Corsa collided with the HGV and trailer.
Her 15-year-old daughter Laura, who was also in the car, was taken to hospital with minor injuries, and has been released.
The accident happened just after 3pm on Sunday on the northbound carriageway, half a mile south of Ron Perry’s Garage, near Hartlepool. The HGV had been parked in a layby.
It is not yet known why the car left the road.
Mrs Clay, a secretary, was also mum to Hannah, 12.
The tragedy happened on the way home from a holiday in Yorkshire. Her husband, Neville, who had been towing their caravan in another car, said his wife “was a lovely person who was liked by everyone”.
Until recently, Mrs Clay worked for Easington District Council at its offices in Seaside Lane, and then Durham County Council when it became a unitary authority two years ago.
She recently got a job as a child psychologist.
“We are deeply saddened to hear of Margaret’s death,” said Don McLure, the council’s corporate director of resources.
“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.”
Cleveland Police said the 57-year-old driver of the HGV escaped unhurt.
Pc John Roberts, of the Roads Policing Unit, appealed for any motorists travelling north or southbound on the A19 around the time of the incident– between the A689 and Ron Perry’s Service Station – and may have witnessed what happened to get in touch.
The road was closed for more than six hours while emergency services dealt with the aftermath of the crash.
Pc Roberts can be called on 01642 326326, quoting reference U100373.