Darlington cyclist fighting for life after A68 collision, near Heighington

Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision, which happened at 2.20pm yesterday on the A68

Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision, which happened at 2.20pm yesterday on the A68

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A CYCLIST is fighting for his life after a collision with a car yesterday (Saturday, April 26).

The 41-year-old, from Darlington, sustained head and chest injuries in the collision, which happened at 2.20pm on the A68 at the crossroads with Houghton Bank Lane, near Heighington.

He was flown by the Great North Air Ambulance to James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, where he remains in a critical condition.

The road was closed for about four hours in both directions while officers from Durham and Cleveland Roads Policing Unit worked on the scene.

One car was involved in the collision.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to call 101.

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11:46am Sun 27 Apr 14

Homshaw1 says...

There are too many accidents involving cycles. They will always come off worse against a car Cars and cycles don't mix. We need proper cycle ways
There are too many accidents involving cycles. They will always come off worse against a car Cars and cycles don't mix. We need proper cycle ways Homshaw1
  • Score: 34

12:05pm Sun 27 Apr 14

bishop1 says...

hope he pulls through ok
hope he pulls through ok bishop1
  • Score: 35

1:28pm Sun 27 Apr 14

studio says...

This is a very dangerous piece of road for cyclists. Speedy recovery.
This is a very dangerous piece of road for cyclists. Speedy recovery. studio
  • Score: 24

6:57pm Sun 27 Apr 14

tubgut says...

Agree with all comments.
Agree with all comments. tubgut
  • Score: 6

9:29am Mon 28 Apr 14

reasoned view says...

Hope he is okay. Bet the car driver "just didn't see him"
Hope he is okay. Bet the car driver "just didn't see him" reasoned view
  • Score: -6

1:30pm Mon 28 Apr 14

MartinMo says...

It this sort of happenings which has me and my 2 kids cycling on pavements in the absence of cycle paths. Roads are no place for cyclist, I say this not only as a motorist as well as when cycling.

Car hits cyclist = good chance of loss of life

Cyclist hits pedestrian = chance of cuts and bruises as well as raised tempers.
It this sort of happenings which has me and my 2 kids cycling on pavements in the absence of cycle paths. Roads are no place for cyclist, I say this not only as a motorist as well as when cycling. Car hits cyclist = good chance of loss of life Cyclist hits pedestrian = chance of cuts and bruises as well as raised tempers. MartinMo
  • Score: 2

4:53pm Mon 28 Apr 14

jps101 says...

At the junction mentioned there's neither cycle path or footpath.

With only the details in the article its hard to know what happened, when they say the cyclist collided with the car "A CYCLIST is fighting for his life after a collision with a car" and not the other way round seems to suggest the cyclist has accidently came out of the junction and hit the car.

Was the cyclist wearing High Vis?

I've cycled out of that junction many times and west along the A68 for as short a time as possible and get off it asap onto safer roads, but you can't avoid crossing it, I always wear High Vis but you've still got to trust that drivers will see you.

If you want to cycle many miles (like another article currently in the Echo) you don't have a choice but to cycle on some dangerous roads, you've just got to keep it to a minimum and always make sure you're highly visible.

Hope the cyclist gets well soon.
At the junction mentioned there's neither cycle path or footpath. With only the details in the article its hard to know what happened, when they say the cyclist collided with the car "A CYCLIST is fighting for his life after a collision with a car" and not the other way round seems to suggest the cyclist has accidently came out of the junction and hit the car. Was the cyclist wearing High Vis? I've cycled out of that junction many times and west along the A68 for as short a time as possible and get off it asap onto safer roads, but you can't avoid crossing it, I always wear High Vis but you've still got to trust that drivers will see you. If you want to cycle many miles (like another article currently in the Echo) you don't have a choice but to cycle on some dangerous roads, you've just got to keep it to a minimum and always make sure you're highly visible. Hope the cyclist gets well soon. jps101
  • Score: 2

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