A pensioner has died following a major crash on the A66 yesterday morning (Wednesday, December 6). 

The 70-year-old man sadly died following a medical episode which led to a four-vehicle collision on the A66 Hartington slip lane, in Middlesbrough, during rush hour yesterday morning. 

Emergency services were called to the A-road in Middlesbrough, near the A178 slip road, Hartington interchange. 

The road was closed for several hours following the collision at 8.40 am, whilst medical teams worked to try to save the man’s life. 

Police warned drivers that the road would be closed for 'some time', with the A66 partly opening to traffic mid-morning. 

One person had to be cut out of their car by the fire service, and three people were taken to hospital by ambulance.

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The 44-year-old man travelling with the 70-year-old man in the white Mercedes Sprinter van, suffered a sprained ankle.  Both men were from outside of the Teesside area. 

The driver of a blue Toyota Corolla taxi, a 22-year-old man, and his passenger, a 55-year-old woman, both sustained minor injuries. 

The driver of a white Peugeot 208, an 18-year-old woman, and a 25-year-old woman driving a black Audi A1 also suffered minor injuries.