Car wreckage left in a ditch after smash on A19 near Peterlee

The damaged Ford Puma after it crashed on the A19 southbound between Peterlee and Castle Eden.
The damaged Ford Puma after it crashed on the A19 southbound between Peterlee and Castle Eden.

DRIVERS have been warned to take caution on a busy North East route after a car was left a write off in a smash this afternoon.

The wreckage of the car was left at the bottom of an embankment after it left the A19 in between the turn off to Burnhope Way in Peterlee and Castle Eden on the southbound road.

It thought the 28-year-old driver had just come on to the road in the black Ford Puma before the car span off the dual carriageway.

The collision happened at around 2pm today, with only minor injuries caused.

Paramedics checked over the driver and he did not need hospital treatment.

Crew manager Graham Chaytor, who is based at Peterlee Fire Station, said: “It was miraculous how he walked away from it.

“The car looked as if it was in a mangle, but he was walking around with scratches to his face and that was it.”

Firefighters ensured the car was not at risk of catching light and also helped gather the driver’s personal possessions before the car was recovered.

Traffic police have urged motorists to take care after surface water made conditions difficult on the road via its @DurhamRPU Twitter account, posting a picture of the Puma in the aftermath of the collision.