BREAKING NEWS: A19 section closed after car-flip accident

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A MAN has been flown to hospital by air ambulance with suspected head injuries today after the van he was driving flipped onto its roof.

The driver, who is believed to be in his 30s, was travelling in the white Peugeot van along the A19 when it hit the central reservation and overturned around 10.40am.

Emergency services, including the North East Air Ambulance, ambulance paramedics, Durham Police officers and two fire engines from Peterlee fire station were called to the smash on the southbound carriageway near to the Castle Eden turn-off.

A street light had also been knocked down.

The air ambulance crew flew the patient to James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, with a “potential head injury”.

Officers from Durham Police closed off the A19 at the junction with the A181 Castle Eden turn-off and traffic was briefly diverted off the A19 and then back onto it over the fly-over.

An air ambulance spokesman said: “We attended an accident on the A19 near to the A181 junction and we flew one man to hospital as he was showing signs of having a head injury.

“There was extensive damage to a van at the scene.”

A spokesman for Durham Police said: “This was a one vehicle accident and there was only the driver in the van. “It hit the central reservation and ended up on its roof. At this stage we don’t know why.

“Hopefully the road will be re-opened soon.”