Car owners count the cost after rain and fog cause havoc on the roads

Damage to cars parked outside a house in Mill Terrace, near Rainton Bridge.
Damage to cars parked outside a house in Mill Terrace, near Rainton Bridge.
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WET weather and heavy fog caused a series of traffic accidents yesterday – as several people had to be taken to hospital with their injuries.

In Sunderland, a lorry and a car collided at Silksworth Lane roundabout, which has junctions with Premier Road and Essen Way, shortly before midday.

ROAD CLOSED: The A19 was closed in both directions between Peterlee and Castle Eden after a spate of accidents in heavy fog. Pic: Durham RPU

ROAD CLOSED: The A19 was closed in both directions between Peterlee and Castle Eden after a spate of accidents in heavy fog. Pic: Durham RPU

Lanes were left partially blocked as one injured person was taken to Newcastle’s RVI for treatment.

And a family’s two parked cars, a Nissan Juke and a Nissan Note, were left damaged and the gas box of their home destroyed after a black Seat Leon left the road in Mill Terrace, near Rainton Bridge, Houghton.

Thankfully, no one was injured in the smash, which happened at 11.55am.

The owner of the two Nissans, who did not want to be named, said: “I’ve seen people die on this road and nothing gets changed.”

A series of collisions on the A19 between the turn-offs for Peterlee and Castle Eden also caused traffic disruption yesterday.

It involved one major collision and three minor smashes, which happened shortly after 11am.

One man was taken to hospital with leg injuries, but there were no other casualties.

Seven fire engines were at the scene, along with several police cars.

Traffic officers closed the A19 for about an hour as emergency services dealt with the problem.