North East Air Ambulance Service have issued a statement:

“We received a call at 10:33am this morning to reports of a road traffic incident on the A1 northbound in County Durham.

We dispatched one ambulance crew, three crews from our Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), and an officer, and requested support from the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS).

Two patients were taken to hospital for further treatment; the first patient was taken by road to the University Hospital North Durham (UHND), and the second patient was flown to the Royal Victoria Infirmary Major Trauma Centre (RVI MTC).”

Durham Constabulary said:

”Police are dealing with a serious collision on the A1(M) at Junction 61, Bowburn Interchange. At approximately 10.35am this morning, a vehicle which was driving on the A177 flyover has left the carriageway and landed on its roof in the central reservation of the A1(M) below.

The driver of the car freed themselves from the wreckage and the passenger was cut free.

No other injuries have been reported. Emergency services are on the scene and both the A1(M) and the A177 are closed in both directions. The road is likely to remain closed for a considerable time.

Drivers are urged to avoid the area and find an alternative route if possible.”

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