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A19 re-opens after heart-op surgery at crash scene

The A19 has re-opened following a collision between a coach and a car.

The road was closed for several hours, as Great North Air Ambulance trauma medics carried out open-heart surgery on a female casualty by the side of the road.

The A10The A1018 slip road remains closed.

The A1018 slip road will remain closed while the vehicles involved in the crash are recovered and investigations are carried out.


Car and coach in crash on A19 in County Durham

A collision involving a coach and a car happened ay 11am on the A19 near Seaham in County Durham.

Police have confirmed casualties, but the number is not known at this time.

The 19 has been closed after the crash. Credit: ITV News

The A19 has been closed to allow an air ambulance to land on the road.

Other ambulance crews, firefighters and the police are at the scene, near to the A1018 turn-off to Ryhope.

Cyclist fighting for life after fall

A 44-year-old man is fighting for his life at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary after falling from a bicycle in Dalton-le-Dale near Seaham.

Great North Air Ambulance

The Great North Air Ambulance Service was called after a man sustained serious head and back injuries. He was placed into a medically induced coma and arrived at hospital in a critical condition.


County Durham teen among T in the Park deaths

A perimeter fence around the campsite at T in the Park, the annual music festival held at Strathallan Castle, Perthshire. Credit: Jane Barlow/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A teenager from County Durham is one of two people who died in separate incidents at the T in the Park festival in Scotland.

Megan Bell, 17, from Seaham, died at the festival held at Strathallan Castle in Perthshire, along with a 17-year-old boy from west Scotland.

The two deaths are thought to be unrelated and are not being treated as suspicious.

Miss Bell's family have been informed and the teenager is expected to be formally identified on Monday, Police Scotland confirmed.

Seaham hotel undergoing demolition partially collapses into street

A Seaham hotel already undergoing demolition has partially collapsed.

The Harbour View Hotel at 18 North Terrace, Seaham, partly collapsed onto the street on Saturday morning. Police say nobody was inside and nobody was injured in the incident.

Council teams are on site waiting for demolition teams to access the site.

The road remains closed.

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