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Police name driver killed in A181 accident at Wheatley Hill
11:10pm Tuesday 9th October 2012 in News
A GRANDFATHER who died in a road accident at a blackspot has been named.
Alan McGee, 76, died at the scene after a two-vehicle crash on the busy A181 near Wheatley Hill, County Durham, on Monday morning.
Mr McGee, of Vicarage Estate, in nearby Wingate, leaves a wife, Elizabeth, known as Betty, son Alan and daughter Karen, both in their 40s, and grandchildren, who have not been named.
He worked as a joiner at Castle Eden Brewery, near Peterlee, but retired on health grounds.
The accident happened at about 9.50am when Mr McGee, who was driving west in a green Toyota Corolla car, tried to turn right into a Jet petrol station.
He entered a protected right turn reserve in the centre of the road, intending to enter the station forecourt.
One oncoming vehicle passed safely.
However, Mr McGee’s vehicle was involved in an accident with a silver Peugeot 406 car travelling east on the A181.
The Peugeot’s driver, a 46-year-old man from Chilton, County Durham, suffered minor injuries and was taken to hospital in Durham City.
The A181 was closed until shortly before 2.30pm to allow police to investigate the accident.
The crash reignited calls for extra road safety measures in the area, which is a renowned accident blackspot.
County councillor Morris Nicholls said a roundabout could be the right solution.
Durham County Council carried out some work in the area in April 2010, including creating a more clearly defined right turning area for drivers turning into the Jet garage.
Jet has offered its condolences to Mr McGee’s family for their loss.
Police are appealing for anyone with information about the crash or anyone who saw the vehicles immediately beforehand to call 0191-375-2159.
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