THE family of a 17-year-old man who died following a crash on the A66 have paid tribute to their “much loved son and brother.”

Sam Uddin, from Middlesbrough, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which happened yesterday (Friday) afternoon.

The Northern Echo:

His family have described him as a “much loved son and brother, who will be sadly missed.”

Officers were called to a report of a collision involving two vehicles on the A66 eastbound at around 1pm yesterday, close to the Long Newton turn off, involving a white Audi A3 and a blue BMW.

Sam was travelling as a passenger in the blue BMW.

The Northern Echo:

The 38-year-old male driver of the Audi suffered a laceration to his arm, a 42-year-old female passenger suffered a fractured spine and two other passengers, aged 2 and 5, suffered minor injuries.

All were taken to hospital for treatment.

The A66 remained closed in both directions whilst officers conducted enquires.

The Northern Echo:

Sam’s family went on to say: “We wish to thank everyone for their support and ask for some privacy so that we can grieve in peace.”

The 27-year-old male driver of the BMW was arrested on suspicion of driving offences. He has now been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

  • Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or anyone who may have dash cam footage which could assist the investigation is asked to contact PC Jayne Gatland from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit on the non-emergency number 101, quoting event number 140624.