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Police have thanked motorists for their patience after officers had to close part of the A19 northbound for several hours this morning.
There was a collision just after 3am, involving a white Volvo heavy goods vehicle and a white Mercedes Sprinter van.
It happened just after the A689 turnoff, almost parallel to the Clipper Tea Factory on Wynyard Business Park. Both drivers were taken by ambulance to the University Hospital of North Tees to be seen for what are currently believed to be minor injuries.
The A19 north was fully closed for a stretch just before the A689, with traffic being diverted and the road was reopened at 9.30am.
“I appreciate drivers were, in many cases, waiting in queues or hardly moving for some time but I’d like to remind them that using your mobile phone at the wheel is still illegal.
“This comes as a timely reminder that the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit is currently running an operation targeting motorists using their mobile phones while behind the wheel.
“Remember if you are caught using your mobile you will get a £100 fine and have 3 points put on your licence. If it goes to court you could even be banned from driving and fined £1000.”
Anyone who witnessed the collision and who has not yet spoken to police is asked to contact Cleveland Police on the non-emergency number 101.
There's congestion southbound on the A19. Expect delays.
One lane is now open on the A1 northbound at Blaydon. An accident is affecting traffic in the areas around A694 and A69.
One lane is closed and there is slow traffic on the A1 northbound at the A69/A186 West Road (Hexham/Denton Burn roundabout) because of an accident.
There is congestion on the A1 to Hollinside Road (Metrocentre).
Teachers from across Sunderland are visiting the Nissan car factory today to learn more about jobs in manufacturing - in the hope that they will give students better careers advice.
They will also listen to talks from other local manufacturing firms. It is the first event of its type to target teachers, rather than students themselves.
The organisers, Work Discovery Sunderland, hope it will help young people in the area find jobs with local businesses.
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