A 16-year-old boy has died after being hit by a van.
The boy was struck at about 4.20am yesterday on the A177 between High Shincliffe and Bowburn.
Police say he was taken to the University Hospital of North Durham, where he later died.
A spokesman for Durham Constabulary said: "The incident happened at about 4.20am on the A177 between High Shincliffe and Bowburn and involved a pedestrian and a van.
"The pedestrian was taken to University Hospital of North Durham, but sadly died as a result of his injuries.
"The male driver of the van was not injured.
"The road was closed for a number of hours while officers worked at the scene, but has since reopened."