A pensioner biker has died after suffering a suspected “medical episode” while travelling down a motorway.

The 74-year-old motorcyclist died on the A1(M) near Darlington on Tuesday despite receiving extensive first aid from paramedics at the roadside.

The accident happened shortly after 11am on the southbound carriageway between junction 59 and junction 58, closing the road for several hours.

The air ambulance was called as well as road ambulances and police officers.

A Durham Police spokeswoman said: “Police closed the road in both directions to allow the air ambulance to land and to allow paramedics to treat the 74-year-old motorcyclist at the scene.

“It is believed he suffered a medical episode while on the bike.

“After extensive first aid at the roadside, sadly he was pronounced dead.”

The northbound carriageway was reopened a short time after the incident but southbound was closed for nearly five hours while accident investigators attended the scene.

The Great North Air Ambulance alongside two double crewed ambulances, and one crew from the Hazardous Area Response Team also attended the scene.

Anyone who witnessed the accident or has any further information is asked to call Durham Constabulary on 101, quoting incident number 139 of October 9.

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