A19 closed for seven hours

THREE separate road accidents caused traffic disruption on a dual-carriageway.

The A19 southbound was closed for more than seven hours after a Renault Clio overturned.

The driver of the car, a man in his 60s, had to be cut out of the vehicle by fire crews.

He was then taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital, where he is said to be in a stable condition.

The incident happened at around 4pm yesterday on the stretch of the A19 between Easington Village and Murton and the road was closed until around 11pm.

Shortly after the southbound accident, traffic was briefly disrupted on the northbound stretch after a two car shunt.

The incident, involving a Vauxhall Corsa and a Toyota Yaris, happened at around 4.45pm around one mile south of the Easington Services.

Nobody was injured in the accident.

A motorist avoided injury in another A19 incident just after 10pm yesterday.

Police were called to the northbound carriageway between the A1027 and A689 after receiving reports of a Peugeot 206 crashing into the central reservation.

The driver, who was the only occupant, was uninjured.

The road was closed briefly while police removed debris.