A690 Durham Road in both directions closed, slow traffic due to serious accident, a pedestrian involved between A19 / B1286 City Way (Herrington Interchange) and North Moor Lane.
The road will be closed for some time , affecting traffic between Houghton le Spring and Sunderland.
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