Motorists faced severe rush-hour delays after an accident on the A19 this morning.
Lengthy tailbacks were reported after a three-vehicle collision just after the A1231 North Hylton junction, near Sunderland.
Recovery of the vehicles is now complete, with delays easing.
The accident happened shortly before 7am on the northbound section of the road.
There were also delays southbound on the A19 after an HGV collided with a Metro bridge on the north side of the Tyne Tunnel.
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