A1 (M) traffic at the latest: the motorway is closed because a serious collision leaves a mutilated car | United Kingdom | News

The A1(M) northbound in County Durham has been closed between Junction 61, the A688 Tursdale road for Bowburn and J62 Junction, the A690 road at Carrville, according to the UK Traffic and Travel Database direct Inrix. National Highways reported at 2:08 a.m. that police were on the scene.

Just before 2pm, Durham Constabulary confirmed a woman was in critical condition in hospital following the collision between two vehicles on the A1(M).

The force said emergency services were called to the incident involving a white VW Golf and a gray Ford Kuga shortly after 1.15am on Sunday May 22 on the northbound carriageway near J62 Carrville.

Durham’s statement added: “A female passenger in the Ford Kuga was seriously injured. The three other occupants of the vehicle received minor injuries. No one else was injured.

“A man in his 20s has been arrested in connection with the incident and remains in custody. The road has been closed for several hours to allow investigators to work on the scene and repair the barrier.”

Witnesses should call Durham Constabulary on 101, quoting incident reference 37 of May 22.

Initially, there were no details on the number of vehicles involved or if there were any injuries caused by the incident.

Durham Police had confirmed the closure would continue for some time.

The force tweeted: “As noted, this shutdown will be ongoing for some time to come.”

National Highways said details from the scene indicate the closure will remain in place until early afternoon or later.

He warned that delays are likely as the lockdown approaches with additional journey times expected on detour routes.

Motorists have been advised to leave the A1M at J61, take the first exit onto the A688 and continue on this road to the roundabout with the A167 (Thinford Roundabout).

They were then instructed to take the fourth exit onto the A167 northbound, stay on this road through Durham City and Chester-le-Street to the roundabout with the A1M J63.

National Highways then recommended taking the second exit to join the A1M heading north.


Twitter user Joanne Jones tweeted in response to the news of the accident: “This section of road has seen so many accidents and deaths lately it’s so sad. Hope the person involved is fine.”

Another Twitter user, Karen Scullion, commented: “My prayers go out to everyone involved.”

Meanwhile, a collision on the M5 in Worcestershire closed one lane on Sunday May 22.

One of the four southbound lanes has been closed between J4 A38 Halesowen Road (Bromsgrove/Stourbridge) and J5 A38 (Droitwich/Wychbold).