A689 closed after lorry driver taken to hospital with 'internal injuries'

A lorry driver is in hospital with internal injuries after an HGV overturned on a major road. The A689 near Wynyard Business Park is still closed in both directions after the incident at around 11am on Friday. The Great North Air Ambulance, road ambulances and the fire brigade rushed to the scene.

The 64-year-old male driver was trapped inside the cab of the lorry, and needed to be rescued by firefighters. He was taken to hospital but it’s not believed his injuries were life-threatening. A spokeswoman for Cleveland Fire Brigade said: “We were called to reports of an overturned lorry at around 11.09am.

“Four appliances were sent to the scene, one from Stockton , one from Billingham , and two from Hartlepool stations. “The lorry driver has been extricated from the lorry and left in the hands of the ambulance service, and the fire brigade has now left the scene.” A spokesman for the North East Ambulance Service confirmed it sent a a double crewed ambulance, a Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and the rapid response vehicle – as well calling in the Great North Air Ambulance (GNAA) for assistance.

A driver was taken to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough by road ambulance. Teesside Live has attempted to contact GNAA for further information. Only one lane was originally shut on the A689, but Cleveland’s roads policing unit eventually closed the entire east and westbound carriageways while the driver was freed.

The affected area of the A689

The road was expected to remain closed until later in the afternoon as the vehicle was recovered.

Traffic has been backed up on the A19 northbound, as the A689 is closed just after the Wynyard turn-off and has caused congestion around the area.

Those travelling in from County Durham and diverting away from the scene towards Stockton also got caught in roadworks close to Norton, leading to a frustrating day on the roads.

After the incident, Cleveland Police appealed for witnesses to the incident to contact PC Matthew Carter from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit on the non-emergency number 101, quoting event number 144660.

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