Three hurt in A19 car smash

LONG DELAYS: Traffic stretches back along the southbound carriageway of the A19 following yesterday's accident which resulted in three people being hurt. Picture by Marie Westmoreland
LONG DELAYS: Traffic stretches back along the southbound carriageway of the A19 following yesterday's accident which resulted in three people being hurt. Picture by Marie Westmoreland
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MOTORISTS faced long delays after a one-car accident on the A19 near Hartlepool yesterday.

The accident happened at around 12pm on Friday when a silver Ford Ka collided with the central reservation barrier close to the Ron Perry services on the southbound carriageway of the A19 near Elwick.

The three people in the car were all hurt and required medical attention at the scene before being taken to hospital.

The female driver suffered a bump to the head, a front seat passenger was complaining of chest and neck pains and a young male in the back is thought to have suffered bruises.

It is not thought that any other vehicles were involved in the accident.

Police, fire and ambulance crews were all called to the scene.

The southbound carriageway was closed for a short period while the car was recovered, causing tailbacks stretching back towards Wolviston.

Traffic was diverted through Dalton Piercy and then through Hartlepool town centre before being re-routed back onto the A19 via the A179.

Police said the road was eventually reopened at 1.30pm.