Northbound A19 to remain closed overnight as police deal with fuel spillage after three-vehicle collision
The northbound A19 will remain closed overnight near Hartlepool as police deal with a major fuel spill.
One driver was injured in a collision which closed the road in both directions and caused major tailbacks and diversions today, Monday, May 17.
The southbound carriageway reopened this evening but the northbound carriageway will remain closed through the night.
Cleveland Fire Brigade, Cleveland Police and the North East Ambulance Service were called to the northbound carriageway between the A689 at Wolviston and the A179 at Sheraton shortly after 10am.
Two of the three vehicles said to be involved in the collision were a diesel tanker and a lorry.
The ambulance service said it sent one crew to the scene and took a patient to Stockton’s University Hospital of North Tees.
The incident left the emergency services with a clear up operation after the fuel leak, as well as the recovery efforts of the vehicles, with the road expected to remain closed until sometime on Monday evening.
Highways England earlier said motorists should expect “long delays” with diversions in place.
These led to large queues of traffic through Hartlepool including in Catcote Road.
A Cleveland Police spokesperson said later in the day: “The collision resulted in a large fuel spill on the A19 northbound and the road currently remains closed in both directions between the A689 and A179.
One driver has suffered minor injuries whilst the other two drivers have not been injured.
“We appreciate it’s frustrating for motorists to suffer delays and disruption, however, we are working together to ensure that the road is safe and we hope to be able to open lanes as soon as possible.
“Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.”
The fire service said the incident happened near the OK Diner and it sent appliances from Billingham, Hartlepool and Stockton.