A19 northbound reopens following overnight closure caused by fuel spillage

The northbound A19 near Hartlepool reopened in the early hours of today, Tuesday, May 18 after a three-vehicle collision caused a major fuel spill on Monday.

Tuesday, 18th May 2021, 7:59 am
Cleveland Police closed off the A19 following the collision

One driver was injured in the crash, which involved a diesel tanker and a lorry before the road was closed in both directions yesterday (May 17).

The incident left the emergency services with a clear up operation after the fuel leak, as well as the recovery efforts of the vehicles, while motorists faced large queues of traffic through Hartlepool including in Catcote Road.

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The southbound carriageway reopened on Monday evening, but the northbound carriageway remained closed overnight before reopening early on Tuesday morning (18 May).

A Cleveland Police spokesperson said on Monday: “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.”

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