A MOTORCYCLIST was taken to hospital with a suspected broken leg after being involved in a collision with a van.
The A181 flyover off the A19 near Wingate had to be closed for more than two hours closed after the crash at 3.50pm yesterday.
The Great North Air Ambulance also landed nearby to assist paramedics who had arrived in an ambulance.
But the helicopter was not needed and the 40-year-old man, from Blackhall, was taken by road to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton.
A spokesman for the air ambulance said: “We were called to attend a road traffic accident where a man had come off a motorbike.
“We assisted the road paramedics to prepare the patient for hospital before he was taken to North Tees by road with leg injuries.”
Police said the road was re-opened at 6.10pm.
A Durham Constabulary spokesman added: “There was a collision between a panel van and a motorbike that caused the road to be closed as the van had blocked the lanes.
“It appears the man who was on the bike had a broken leg so the ambulance service was called.”
A crew from Peterlee Fire Station also visited the scene of the incident to wash away petrol that had spilled from one of the vehicles on to the road.