THE A19 was closed after two lorries smashed into each other this morning.
The southbound carriageway between the Easington Village and Dalton Park and Murton was blocked after two heavy goods vehicles collided at about 2.55am.
The road is expected to be closed until 9am today.
Firefighters from Peterlee and Seaham attended the accident.
As they arrived on scene one of the vehicles had already caught alight.
No-one was injured.
Police investigators remained on scene this morning to try and piece together the cause of the crash.