A MAIN road was closed for three hours after a 10-car pile-up sparking rush-hour misery for motorists.
Police, paramedics and firefighters were all called after the smash on the A179, between Hart Village and the A19, at around 7.30am yesterday.
The road was closed until 10.30am, but fortunately all of the motorists involved escaped serious injury.
Four people were taken to the University Hospital of North Tees but their injuries were described as minor.
A grey Volkswagen Passat, grey Audi Q7, black Hyundai, black Seat Ibiza, silver Vauxhall Meriva, grey Subaru Impreza, white Volkswagen Polo, black Vauxhall Corsa, black Audi A3 and grey Ford Fiesta were all involved in the smash.
Six of the 10 cars had to be recovered afterwards, while firefighters also had to clean up fuel spillages
It wasn’t until 10.30am that the road re-opened, causing delays around the town as motorists attempted to get on the A19.
Roadworks on the coast road meant drivers trying to head north to the A19 through Blackhall faced further delays, while resurfacing work near the Fens area made life difficult for anyone trying to get out of town via the A689.
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “We were called to the A179 after a road accident involving 10 vehicles.
“Six of the cars had to be recovered and the road was closed until just before 10.30am while we dealt with the situation. The ambulance and fire brigade also attended.”
A spokeswoman for the North East Ambulance Service added: “All of the people who we treated had only suffered minor injuries and four patients were taken to the University Hospital of North Tees.”
Meanwhile, emergency services were also alerted of two other crashes yesterday.
A motorist was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees, also with minor injuries, after a three-vehicle crash on the A19.
Police and paramedics were alerted to the collision, involving two cars and a van, on the southbound carriageway just past the A689.
The crash happened at around 7.45am but the road didn’t need to be closed.
A silver Mercedes and a red MG ZR were also involved in a shunt in Winterbottom Avenue, in Hartlepool, at around 8.05am yesterday,
Both vehicles had to be recovered after the collision but the drivers fortunately avoided injury.