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Cyclist hurt after 'hit and run' near Darlington
A CYCLIST was taken to hospital with serious injuries after an early morning hit-and-run collision.
The 38-year-old man was riding his bike on the A67 Yarm Road, near Middleton St George, near Darlington shortly before 6am today (October 23).
He was apparently hit by a vehicle which failed to stop and was taken to the James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough.
A spokeswoman for Durham Police said the man, who is believed to be from the Cleveland area, was suffering serious injuries, although they are not believed to be life-threatening.
She said: "It happened near to the Stockton signage and involved a pedal cycle and a possible vehicle, which has failed to stop at the scene.
"The cyclist was seriously hurt.
"Police want to speak to any potential witnesses, particularly any motorists who were on the roads between 5.30am and 6.15am today."
The road was closed following the incident, while inquiries into the collision got underway.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 and ask for the roads policing unit.