‘Several people killed’ as lorry crashes explodes on A1 in Co Durham

‘Several people are killed’ as lorry crashes into cars and explodes on A1(M) in County Durham

  • Both carriageways of the A1(M) near Durham have been closed after the smash 
  • A HGV crossed the central reservation between Bradbury and Carville 
  • The truck burst into flames following the massive collision at around 6.30pm  

By Darren Boyle for MailOnline

Published: 19:43, 15 July 2021 | Updated: 02:09, 16 July 2021

Several people were feared to have been killed last night when a heavy goods lorry smashed into cars and exploded on a busy dual carriageway.

A large rescue and recovery operation was launched after the horrific crash on the A1(M) between Bradbury and Carville in County Durham. 

The road was expected to remain closed late into this morning.

Police appealed for dashcam footage to help explain what caused the fiery crash, which took place at around 6pm last night.

‘Sadly, there appear to have been fatalities,’ the County Durham force said. 

Images from the scene showed a lorry had seemingly collided with several cars before smashing into the central reservation, partly crossing it, and catching fire.

Wreckage was strewn for several hundred feet down the road behind the lorry. One white Range Rover was particularly badly damaged, while other cars were written off.

Emergency services remained at the scene in the early hours of Friday.   

This is the shocking scene after a truck crossed the central reservation of the A1(M) outside Durham around 6pm this evening

'Several people killed' as lorry crashes explodes on A1 in Co Durham

Several cars were badly damaged while a section of the central reservation was destroyed by the truck

'Several people killed' as lorry crashes explodes on A1 in Co Durham

The A1(M) has been closed in both directions while emergency services work at the scene

Durham Constabulary are appealing for information, following the smash which took place at 6.30pm. 

A police spokesperson said: ‘The incident happened at 6.20pm [on Thursday] 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. 

'Several people killed' as lorry crashes explodes on A1 in Co Durham

The crash happened on the A1(M) north of Bradbury in County Durham at around 6pm

‘We would ask that people avoid the area and plan ahead if they are travelling this evening.’

North East Ambulance service confirmed they are at the scene and this would have an impact on other areas. 

A spokesperson said: ‘We’re incredibly busy dealing with this incident at the moment, which may mean other patients in the area experience a delay.

If you’re currently waiting for an ambulance, please bear with us and don’t call us back unless your condition worsens.’

Highways England believe the road will be closed in both directions for several hours.  

Police have issued an appeal for information and want to see any dashcam footage anyone may have captured of the crash. 

Witnesses are asked to call 101 and quote incident number 332 of July 15. 

'Several people killed' as lorry crashes explodes on A1 in Co Durham

Durham police confirmed that there have been fatalities following the tragic crash which closed the A1(M) going both directions 

'Several people killed' as lorry crashes explodes on A1 in Co Durham

One truck was badly burned out after it crossed the central reservation following the incident

'Several people killed' as lorry crashes explodes on A1 in Co Durham

Several cars and two trucks were involved in the collision which took place around 6.20pm