A MAN who died after his car collided with a HGV in the early hours of this morning has been named.

Northumbria Police have now named 24-year-old John Terence Robinson, as the victim of the collision on the A19 southbound, near Washington, shortly after midnight.

The emergency services rushed to the scene but found Mr Robinson, of Peterlee, with fatal injuries.

His family, who are currently being supported by specialist officers, have now released a short statement as they come to terms with their devastating loss.

“All of our family are very sad to lose our lovely John,” a statement read. “He will be deeply missed.”

An investigation is ongoing into the collision, which resulted in the road, next to the A1231 junction, being closed for six hours as officers carried out enquiries and the vehicles were recovered.

A 56-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and remains in police custody. He is assisting officers with their enquiries.

Police are eager to hear from anybody who witnessed the collision, or who was in the area at the time and who may have dashcam footage of the incident, to come forward.

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting reference 2 130319 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555111.”