THREE people have been killed after a lorry crashed and burst into flames on the A1 motorway last night.
Witnesses told of how “carnage” erupted after the articulated truck jack-knifed on the roads outside of Durham.
The truck was seen in flames after an incident on the A1 (M) yesterday evening[/caption]
The A1(M) near Durham, remains closed to traffic today following the horror crash[/caption]
Police are yet to confirm the severity of injuries or fatalities. Both carriageways of the A1 have been closed following the crash.
A witness told The Sun: “It was carnage. There was debris all over the carriage and numerous people were stood around clearly in shock.”
Around a dozen soldiers who were passing rushed to help the victims.
Police have said that the road will remain closed in both directions throughout Friday morning while investigators continue to work on the scene.
At least three cars were badly damaged in the smash that unfolded about 6.20pm on the northbound carriageway at Bowburn.
Durham Police said: “(The collision) involved several vehicles, including two lorries, one of which caught fire as a result of the collision.
“Sadly, there appear to have been fatalities.
“The road has been closed in both directions between Bradbury and Carrville.”
A North East Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “We took two people to the University of North Durham Hospital.”
The road was closed last night as police, fire and ambulance services worked at the scene.
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Motorists were asked to avoid the area.
Officers are looking to speak to anyone who has dashcam footage of the incident.
Witnesses are asked to call 101 and quote incident number 332 of July 15.
At least three cars were badly damaged in the smash[/caption]
two people were rushed to hospital following the incident[/caption]
Durham Police and North East Ambulance Service attended the scene[/caption]