Tributes made to two teens, 13 and 17, killed after horror motorbike crash

Two teenagers[1] have been killed after the motorbike[2] they were travelling on crashed.

The Great North Air Ambulance responded to the scene on Friday, July 5, but were unable to save the two boys aged 13 and 17, following the horror crash[3] in Rushyford, County Durham[4]. Councillor Dorothy Bowman, of Great Aycliffe Town Council, said: “It’s terribly sad.”

He added: “I have known them since they were toddlers. They both came to my playgroup – the Newton Aycliffe Junior Neighbourhood Watch playgroup… I looked after them and played with them. I never had a wrong word from them, or any problems with them and I have been with them for years – one is now 13 and the other 17 years old.”

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Tributes at crash site
‘Two males have sadly died following a collision in Rushyford,’ police said (
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Tributes left after crash
Police were ‘everywhere’ after the crash, a local resident said (
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The names of the boys, according to tributes left at the scene, were Bobby, 13 and Wayne 17. A Durham Police[6] spokesperson said: “Two males have sadly died following a collision in Rushyford. Emergency services were called to reports of a collision on Middridge Road, near to the Rushyford roundabout, shortly before noon on Friday, July 5.

“One male was pronounced dead at the scene, and a second was taken to hospital but succumbed to his injuries shortly after. Both males are believed to have been travelling on the same motorcycle. Their families have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.”

Tributes have since been made for the boys made up of moving words, flowers and balloons. One RIP Bob’s. I love you forever my boy may you have the best bed up there. I promise to look after mam and everyone else “wise man.”” Another said: “Bobby rest easy son forever 13.” Another said: “To Wayne words are not enough to express how I feel at this moment in time, you are forever 18.”

Two teens aged 13 and 17 were killed
Two teens aged 13 and 17 were killed

A shocked local told the Mail that there was “police everywhere” following the incident. “We’ve lived here for a good few years and never seen anything like that on that road,” They said. “You hear stories about boys on their motorbikes and it’s so sad. The road is a single carriageway and it’s usually reasonably quiet apart from at peak times but I don’t think this was a peak time. On Saturday, we saw seven or eight cars parked alongside a police van and they looked like they were gathering to pay tribute.”

No-one else was injured in the incident. Middridge Road and part of the A689 were closed for several hours while enquiries were carried out, but both had reopened by Friday evening. A NEAS spokesperson added: “We received a call at 12pm on Friday (5 July) to reports of a road traffic incident on the Rushyford roundabout.

“We dispatched four ambulance crews, a clinical team leader, a specialist paramedic, a crew from our Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and requested support from our colleagues at the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS). One patient was taken by road to the Royal Victoria Infirmary.”


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