Man dies after North East motorbike crash

The accident happened on the A689 at St Johns Chapel, near Bishop Auckland.
The accident happened on the A689 at St Johns Chapel, near Bishop Auckland.
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A motorcyclist has died after he was involved in a collision with a second motorbike in Weardale yesterday afternoon.

The accident happened at 2.10pm on the A689 at St John’s Chapel, near Bishop Auckland, between a Yamaha and a Honda.

The Yamaha was heading out of St John’s Chapel when it collided with the Honda, which had been travelling in the opposite direction.

As a result the Honda then hit a lamppost and a drystone wall, leading to the rider suffering fatal injuries.

He was confirmed dead at the scene.

The man has not yet been formally identified but is believed to be a 30-year-old from County Durham.

The other rider, a 33-year-old man from Hebburn in South Tyneside is being treated at the University Hospital North Durham for non-life threatening injuries.

Police are appealing for any witnesses, especially anyone who might have dashcam footage of either motorbike before the incident, to contact the collision investigation unit on: 0191 375 2159.