A man has been taken to hospital after a van overturned the central reservation of the A1.
Emergency services rushed to the scene after a white pickup truck and another vehicle collided on the northbound carriageway between Washington and Chester-le-Street. The van overturned and ended up on the roadway heading south.
The crash happened shortly after 6:45 a.m. Saturday morning. Footage from the scene shows a number of police cars and ambulances present.
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Firefighters said they were called to a collision where a vehicle rolled over and a person was trapped. The ambulance service said a patient was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead with minor injuries.
Lanes on the northbound and southbound carriageways were both closed throughout the morning. Motorists traveling through the area faced lengthy delays following the collision.
All lanes on both sides of the freeway reopened to traffic around 1 p.m.
The North Eastern Ambulance Service (NEAS) said it received a call to 999 at 6.46am to report a traffic collision between two vehicles on the A1 North between Junctions 63 and 64, in which a vehicle ended up on the cart heading south.
A NEAS spokesperson said: “We have dispatched a clinical team leader, an emergency ambulance and two hazardous area response teams. A male patient was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital with minor injuries.”
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue said they were called to the collision at 6.56am. They dispatched five devices to the scene and left the area at 7.49am.
Chronicle Live has contacted Durham Constabulary for further information.