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A69 at Hexham to close this evening after rush hour

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The A69 at Hexham will close after this evening’s rush hour to allow a HGV which overturned earlier today to be recovered.

Currently one of two lanes is closed following an incident at Bridge End roundabout which happened at around 2.30pm. The lane will remain closed during this evening’s rush hour.

Highways England say the complex recovery of the HGV will start at 6.30pm and will require the HGV to be put back upright before it can be recovered. Some of the safety fence was also damaged in the incident and will need to be repaired.

Authorities say the road will reopen as soon as the recovery has taken place and it is safe to do so.

Traffic will be diverted via the A6079, the B6318 and the A68 to rejoin the A69 at Stagshaw. Clearly signed diversions will be in place.

Road safety campaign launched

It is hoped that Operation Dragoon will save lives on the regions roads Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Northumbria Police is launching a road safety campaign.

Operation Dragoon will start tomorrow (Tuesday, June 10) to raise awareness in road safety and to help save lives on the regions roads.

It is aimed at all road users, including drivers, motorcycle riders, cyclists and pedestrians.

Driving Advice Issued For Motorists

Northumbria Police is advising motorists to take extra care on the region's roads due to the icy weather conditions. Officers say drivers should; moderate speeds, try not to brake sharply, beware of poor visibility, and watch out for pedestrians on roads when footpaths are too icy to use.

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Witness appeal after collision near Helmsley

Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious collision on the B1257 near Sproxton in the Helmsley area.

At around 6.30pm on Thursday 5 December 2013, a white Mercedes Sprinter van and a black Mitsubishi L200 pick-up collided near the bottom of Sproxton bank.

The driver of the Mitsubishi was taken to hospital with serious injuries. Three children were also in the car and taken to hospital. Meanwhile, the driver of the Mercedes remains in a serious condition in hospital.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Traffic Constable Steve Wood. The incident number is 12130210863.

North East drivers 'cavalier' about flooded roads

North East drivers labelled as 'cavalier' about flooded roads Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Drivers in the North East have been labelled the most likely to take dangerous chances when driving on flooded roads, according to a survey.

Phil Rothwell, at the Environment Agency, said: "People die because they've taken risks just to save a few minutes."

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