A PEDESTRIAN has been killed after being hit by a lorry on the A1(M)near Newton Aycliffe.

The accident happened at about 3.20am today between the junctions 59 and 58.

A driver travelling southbound reported having to swerve to miss a pedestrian walking along the inside lane.

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The road was closed for several hours between Aycliffe and Burtree. It has since reopened.