A MAN has died after a crash on the A19.
The 45-year-old driver, from East Durham, died at the scene despite the efforts of the emergency services.
It is thought his Ford Fiesta crashed into the central reservation on the south-bound carriageway, and went some distance before leaving the road.
It then struck a lamppost and ended up the grass verge.
The accident happened just past Easington Services shortly before 12.30pm, and led to the road being closed until 2.45pm.
The Great North Air Ambulance (GNAA) was dealing with another incident in Teesside when it was scrambled to the scene.
The crew, which included a doctor and paramedic, joined teams from two ambulances also called to the crash site and removed the man from the vehicle as they tried to save him.
However, the man, who has not yet been named, was pronounced dead at the scene.
A spokeswoman for the GNAA said: “Our thoughts and sympathies are with the man’s family at this time.”
Firefighters from Peterlee and Seaham were also sent to the collision.
They disconnected the battery of the car and ensured the live wires of the damaged lamppost posed no risk.
The crash and subsequent closure of the A19 caused severe tailbacks throughout the afternoon, with traffic diverted off the road at Murton.
Inquiries are under way into the circumstances of the incident, with Durham Police asking anyone with information to contact its collision investigation unit on 375 2159.