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Multi-vehicle car crash in Durham, England as police report fatalities

12:27, 16 July 2021
Multi-vehicle car crash in Durham, England as police report fatalities Photo: Global Look Press/Fabian Geier/www.7aktuell.de

A terrifying car accident took place in a motorway A1 at Bowburn, between Bradbury and Carrville, County Durham, at 18:20 BST. The collision in the motorway involved several vehicles as well as two lorries.

The police didn’t provide any information about casualties, but said there “appear to have been fatalities”.

After the crash the motorway was closed in both directions, so the drivers around the flaming scene of the crash were stuck on a road without the opportunity to leave that place.

Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service said that it took more than an hour to extinguish the lorry fire. Seven crews, including Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service’s Heave Rescue Unit were involved in the mission.

“On arrival at the scene crews were faced with a multi-vehicle collision across both carriageways and a heavy goods vehicle well alight,” a spokesperson reported.

The emergency services said that it was “incredibly busy” to deal with the crash and warned that it could lead to delays in attending other emergencies in the location.

The Great North Air Ambulance was also involved in the operation to transfer casualties.

The motorway, reportedly, will be closed between junctions 60 and 62 for several hours and drivers are being informed to avoid this location and find alternative routes.