Collision closes A19

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MOTORISTS escaped serious injury in a collision that closed a dual carriageway for around an hour.

Three fire engines were called to the A19 northbound carriageway, opposite the OK Diner, near Dalton Piercy, where a taxi and a car carrying a trailer had collided.

Firefighters say the occupants of the vehicles, including a small child in the taxi, had a lucky escape as the trailer had taken most of the impact.

The road was closed between the A689 and A179 junctions from around 9pm yesterday while emergency services tended to the incident and one lane of the carriageway was opened around 10pm, with the road fully opened soon afterwards.

One appliance from Hartlepool’s Stranton Fire Station attended, along with two from Stockton, which spent 20 minutes clearing up debris.

Watch manager Kevin Harrison, of Stockton Fire Station, said: “The occupants have been very lucky.

“It was quite a high-speed collision, but fortunately one of the cars had a trailer on the back and with the trailer moving quite easily, the impact hasn’t been quite as severe.”

A spokeswoman for the North East Ambulance Service said it was not thought that anyone was seriously injured in the incident.

Meanwhile, two cars were involved in a collision on Seal Sands Road, near the junction with Marsh House Avenue in Billingham, around 5.45pm yesterday and no one was seriously injured.