A man has died after a crash on the A689 this morning.

The crash happened between Eastgate and Stanhope, just before the Rookhope turn off, at around 7.30am.

Two vehicles collided and emergency services were on the scene from just after 8am.

Durham Police, the North East Ambulance Service, County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, and the Great North Air Ambulance attended the incident.

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A North East Ambulance Service spokesperson said: "We were called to reports of a road traffic collision on the A689 between Eastgate and Stanhope shortly after 7.30am this morning. We dispatched two ambulance crews and a clinical team leader, and requested support from Great North Air Ambulance Service. One patient was taken by road to University Hospital of North Durham."

A spokeswoman from County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service said: "Our thoughts and condolences go out to the friends and family of those involved. An RTC occurred on the A689 between Stanhope and Eastgate this morning.

"We had two appliances and a special rescue unit in attendance at the scene which involved a heavy goods vehicle which was an articulated lorry and also a transit van.

"They were in collision with each other which blocked the road and we believe that it will remain closed for some considerable time. There was one male fatality at the scene and one male who suffered injuries and was taken to hospital."

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