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A1(M) traffic: Severe delays as serious crash closes motorway

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Multiple vehicles are involved in the crash which has caused an HGV to catch fire, on the A1(M) near junction 61 for Bowburn, County Durham. The northbound carriageway is shut between junction 60 for Bradbury and junction 61, while the southbound side is closed from junction 62 for Durham.

Police fear there are fatalities in the collision and at least two people have been taken to hospital.

Alternative routes in the county are also congested, reports Chronicle Live. The A690 and A167 southbound through Durham are busy, while the A689 and A177 northbound through Sedgefield are also slow.

A Durham Constabulary spokeswoman said: “The A1(M) between Bradbury and Carrville is expected to remain closed in both directions throughout Friday morning while our investigators continue to work at the scene.”

A North East Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “We took two people to the University of North Durham Hospital.”

Eight fire crews are also present at the scene.

Highways England has asked drivers to avoid the area and allow extra time for their journeys.

The agency has said the road is likely to be closed for the rest of the day.

 

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