A BIKER has died after crashing into the barriers on a stretch of dual carriageway near Durham.

The 74-year-old, from the Chester-le-Street area, lost control of his red Suzuki 600cc motorcycle on a bend and collided with a central barrier on the A167, between the Honest Lawyer pub and the Cock o’ the North roundabout.

The accident happened just before 3.20pm on Sunday on the northbound section of the dual carriageway.

Police closed the road while paramedics and air ambulance crews attempted to treat the motorcyclist at the roadside, but after extensive first aid, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The road was closed for around four hours while accident investigators carried out their work.

  • Anyone who witnessed the accident or has any further information is asked to contact Durham Police on 101, quoting incident number 0298 of September 30.