A 27-year-old man has died after a crash on the A172 Dixons Bank, which left another driver in hospital in critical condition.
The man, from Middlesbrough, was driving a Volkswagen Passat when he was killed in a collision with a Mercedes C220. The 32-year-old driver of the Mercedes was taken by ambulance to James Cook University Hospital, where he remains in critical condition.
The accident happened close to the junctions of Captain Cook’s Crescent and Grange Crescent in Marton. Small debris from the crash could still be seen at the site of the disaster on Wednesday evening.
Read more: Man admits he killed beloved teacher Amie Linton in horror crash
Cleveland police have said officers identified a Mercedes driving at high speed on Marton Road before the collision they attempted to stop. The incident has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) because of this police activity, which is a mandatory requirement.
The road was closed for nearly nine hours between Stainton Way and Gunnergate Lane after the accident at around 11.40pm on Tuesday. A Cleveland Fire Department spokesman previously confirmed that one of the vehicles was on fire and that two victims were freed and handed over to paramedics.
The detectives are investigating the incident and are calling on anyone with information to come forward. Police have also confirmed that family liaison officers are supporting the loved ones of the man who lost his life.
Two paramedic ambulance crews were dispatched to the scene and the North East Ambulance Service confirmed earlier today that a patient had been taken to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. Four fire departments were present at the incident.
A Cleveland Police Department spokesman said: “Detectives are investigating the incident and are calling on anyone with information or dashcam footage to come forward. Family liaison officers are supporting those close to the man who died and our thoughts are with them.
“Anyone with information about the collision or who saw the Mercedes before the incident is asked to call Cleveland Police at 101 non-emergency number.”
It is the third major police incident in Marton in just days. Armed police raided nearby Gunnergate Lane on Sunday after reports of gunfire by residents.
And armed police also popped up just a few hundred yards from the site of the deadly crash Monday outside the Southern Cross pub on Dixons Bank in what police say was part of an ongoing investigation. Two people were arrested during the operation.
For the latest news in your area, delivered to your inbox every day, go here to sign up for our free newsletter