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|One injured in tanker collision |
(about 1 hour later)
At least one person has been seriously hurt after a series of collisions on a stretch of road in County Durham.
Police said two petrol tankers, two lorries and a car were involved in a crash on the A19 between Peterlee and Wellfield at 2215 BST on Friday.
|A further crash involving 18 vehicles happened on the opposite carriageway.||A further crash involving 18 vehicles happened on the opposite carriageway.|
There was then a third crash on a slip road involving three cars, including a police car. Police say fog may have been a factor.
A statement issued by the police said: "At least one person is thought to be seriously injured in the car involved (in the initial crash).
"However it is proving difficult for paramedics and fire crews to gain access to this vehicle as it is in very close proximity to the tankers."
The fire service said they were working to free three people who were trapped, two in cars and one in a lorry.
It is believed the tankers are leaking fuel.
|No-one is believed to have been injured in the other two collisions.||No-one is believed to have been injured in the other two collisions.|
Police said the A19 would remain closed for several hours.