A19 southbound closed after collision

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MOTORISTS heading south from Hartlepool and East Durham are being warned that a section of the A19 has been closed following an accident on Thursday afternoon.

The A19 southbound was closed at Portrack, along with the A66 east and southbound to and from the A19 following an accident which saw a vehicle overturn and a man rushed to James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough.

The incident happened around 4.15pm on the A19 southbound carriageway, just before the Thornaby and Acklam turn-off.

Meanwhile a man was rushed to hospital earlier on Thursday after his car crashed into a lamp post on a busy dual carriageway.

One lane of the A19 southbound carriageway, near Hawthorn Services at Easington, was closed after the driver of a black Audi A4 was involved in a collision.

Four appliances, including two engines from Peterlee Fire Station, one from Wheatley Hill and another from Seaham were sent to the incident, but this was part of a ‘dual approach’ to ensure no errors in locating whether the accident had happened on the south or northbound carriageway,

Once they had located the incident, firefighters spent 20 minutes at the scene.

It was thought that the driver, believed to be in his 50s, may have to be cut out of the vehicle at one point.

But when paramedics arrived, it was decided he was well enough to make it out of the vehicle without the need for extrication.

The man was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital and it is believed his injuries were not life-threatening.

The incident happened around 3.15pm.