Man fighting for life after horrific A19 smash

The Great North Air Ambulance at the scene of this morning's crash. Picture: GNAAS
The Great North Air Ambulance at the scene of this morning's crash. Picture: GNAAS

A man is fighting for life and three others are seriously injured after a horrifc crash on the A19 this morning

The incident happened on the northbound carriageway at around 6.50am between Leven viaduct and the A174, involving a Vauxhall Insignia, a Ford Focus, a Ford
Transit van, a Renault truck and a Toyota Corolla.

The 54-year- old female driver of a black Vauxhall Insignia was taken to James Cook University Hospital. She is currently in a stable condition.

A male passenger travelling in the same vehicle suffered a broken arm and multiple internal injuries and was airlifted to James Cook University Hospital. He is currently
in a critical condition.

A 21-year- old male driver from the Toyota Corolla was taken to James Cook University Hospital with a broken back.

The male drivers of the Ford Focus and the Renault Truck were checked over at the scene by paramedics and the male driver and passenger from the Ford Transit were
taken to hospital with leg injuries.

Officers closed the road whilst investigations took place into the incident.

Both carriageways were fully reopened at around 2pm.

Police say they would like to thank motorists for their patience whilst the incident was dealt with.

Anyone who may have seen the collision or anyone who may have sighted the black Vauxhall Insignia prior to the incident is asked to contact PC Ivan Hughes from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, quoting event number 185526.