A LANE of the A19 was closed off after a woman lost control of her car and smashed into the central reservation.
The emergency services were called to the accident, which happened between the turn-off to Ryhope and Murton on the south-bound carriageway, at 11.30pm yesterday.
The driver of the Ford Fiesta, a 31-year-old woman, was shaken but unhurt.
Police closed the outside lane while the scene was cleared.
Fighters from Seaham made the car safe and removed the woman’s valuables from the vehicle.
An investigation is under way. Anyone with information asked to contact Durham Constabulary on 0345 60 60 365.