Motorists faced major delays on the A19 southbound this morning following a two-vehicle collision.
A car and a van are believed to have been involved in a collision near the Seaham turn-off near the B1404 Seaton Lane junction.
A spokesman for Durham Constabulary said: "Police were called at 7.25am today to reports of a two vehicle collision on the A19 southbound between Ryhope and Seaham near the B1404 Seaton Lane.
"Two lanes of the road have been closed to allow for recovery of the vehicles. Traffic can flow using the exit slip road."
The carrigeway has now been reopened after the vehicles have been recovered.