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Dad and son die in crash.

Byline: Simon Haworth

A man and his son have died following a road accident near Darlington.

Paul Austen, 42, and his son Andrew, 14, died at the James Cook University Hospital following the crash on Sunday morning.

Mr Austen, of Falmouth Drive, Darlington, was driving his black Mercedes Benz on Burtree Lane towards the A68 at 10.50am.

The car clipped the kerb and collided with a barrier then a concrete support on the A1M overpass.

Andrew, a Longfield Comprehensive pupil, was a front seat passenger.

Both suffered severe head injuries and were taken by air ambulance to hospital.

They never regained consciousness and Mr Austen died at midnight on Sunday.

Yesterday morning Andrew was pronounced dead.

Mr Austen was a self-employed computer programmer and was most recently working for Powergen in the Nottingham area.

He was taking Andrew to rugby practice.

Keith Cotgrave, head teacher at Longfield School, said: "We are all absolutely devastated by this. Andrew was a very popular student here and we are all shocked by what has happened. We would like to express our deepest sympathy to his family at this time. We have informed students at a special assembly and the school will offer its full support to them as we come to terms with this."

* Any witnesses are asked to call Durham Constabulary on 0845 60 60 365.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Feb 13, 2007
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