The two people who died in yesterday’s accident on the M62 have been named.
Mark and Tamsie McHale, aged 46 and 43 and from Bishop Auckland, were in a white Audi A5 which was involved in a collision with a HGV at the entry sliproad to junction 26 westbound at 5.50am.
The motorway was shut for most of yesterday while emergency services dealt with the accident.
The lorry driver, a 43-year-old man from North East lincolnshire, was taken to hospital with minor injuries.
He was released after treatment and arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He was released on bail and inquiries are continuing.
Sergeant Garry Alderson, from the Major Collision Enquiry Team, said: “Clearly this was a very serious incident which has sadly resulted in the deaths of the man and woman travelling in the Audi.
“We are conducting a full collision investigation at the scene and obviously this will take time given the seriousness of the incident.
“I would ask anyone who saw the incident or either of the vehicles described shortly beforehand to contact the Major Collision Enquiry Team on 01924 293047 as well as anyone who witnessed the immediate aftermath to get in touch.”