A 44-year-old Hartlepool man is critically ill in hospital after his car was struck from behind by a lorry on a stretch of the Trans-Pennine road in County Durham.
Durham Police said the man’s Toyota Celica was stationary on the A66 at Bowes, near its junction with the A67 Barnard Castle road when it was struck by the Scania lorry, leaving him with severe head and internal injuries.
He was rushed to James Cook Hospital, in Middlesbrough, where his injuries are described as life threatening.
A police spokesman said the 28-year-old lorry driver, from Scotland, was not injured.
Police have appealed for anyone who may have witnessed the incident to come forward.