A1(M) crash updates: Updates as police confirm three deaths after serious crash
What we know so far
Here’s a summary of what we know so far about the collision. Police say there may be fatalities A spokesperson for Durham Constabulary said on Thursday: “Emergency services are currently on the scene of a serious collision on the A1(M).
“The incident happened at 6.20pm today on the northbound carriageway at Bowburn. “It involved several vehicles, including two lorries, one of which caught fire as a result of the collision. “Sadly, there appear to have been fatalities.
“The road has been closed in both directions between Bradbury and Carrville. It is expected to remain closed for several hours while emergency services, including police, fire and the ambulance service, work at the scene. “We would ask that people avoid the area and plan ahead if they are travelling this evening.”
Firefighters tackled flames for over an hour Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service were on scene assisting County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service crews to extinguish the flames. A spokesperson for County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service said:
“Reports of a serious collision on the A1 near Coxhoe came into our control room at 6.20pm. “Seven crews, along with the incident command unit, senior officers all attended, along with a crew and a Heavy Rescue Unit from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service “On arrival at the scene crews were faced with a multi-vehicle collision across both carriageways and a heavy goods vehicle well alight.
“Firefighters worked for over an hour to ensure the fire was under control as well assisting colleagues from the North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and Great North Air Ambulance Service with casualties.” Ambulance service took two people to hospital A North East Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “We took two people to the University of North Durham Hospital.”
The condition of those taken to hospital is not yet known. People may face delay waiting for an ambulance A spokesperson for the North East Ambulance Service said on Thursday night that they were “incredibly busy” dealing with the incident, which may mean other patients in the area experience a delay.
This message was repeated on Friday morning as the ambulance service asked people to “bear with us” as they navigate the ongoing road closures. The service has said it could take a “little longer than usual” to attend emergencies in the area. The Great North Air Ambulance landed to help treat “multiple casualties”
The air ambulance sent two critical care teams to the scene. Road to be closed for several more hours on Friday The A1(M) remains closed in both directions between Junction 60 Bradbury and Junction 62 Carrville.
Highways England has warned motorists that there is no reopening time for the road. The road authority says police are currently carrying out an investigation. What diversions are in place?
Highways England have put the following diversions in place:
- Northbound traffic is advised to follow the solid black square diversion symbol on road signs before exiting the A1M at Junction 60 (Bradbury Interchange) and take the third exit onto the A689 eastbound. They should then travel east on the A689 to its junction with the A177 and join the A177 northbound. From here continue on the A177 north towards Coxhoe.
- At the A688 junction (Metal Bridge) join the westbound A688.
At this point follow the solid black triangle diversion symbol on road signs before continuing west on the A688 to Thinford Roundabout where you join the A167 northbound. Drivers should then continue north on the A167 passing Durham and Chester-le-Street to re-join the A1M at Junction 63.
- Drivers heading southbound are advised to follow the solid black diamond diversion symbol on road signs before exiting the A1M at Junction 63 (Chester-le-Street Interchange) and take the third exit onto the A167 southbound.
- Traffic should continue travelling south on the A167 passing Chester-le-Street and Durham before joining the A688 eastbound at Thinford roundabout.
- At this point drivers should follow the solid black circle diversion symbol on road signs to join the A177 south and continue south towards Sedgefield.
- At the A689 junction please join the A689 westbound and continue west to re-join the A1M at Junction 60.
Officers appealing for dashcam footage The spokesperson for Durham Constabulary said: “Officers would like to speak to anyone who has any dashcam footage of the incident.
“Please contact Durham Constabulary on 101, quoting incident number 322 of July 15.”
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