A busy stretch of the A19 in Peterlee was sealed off for over hours after an early hours road crash this morning.
A three car collision on the A19 in Peterlee caused the route between the Caterpillar roundabout and the Old Shotton turnoff to be sealed off from 4.44am until 8.52am.
Police say nobody was seriously injured in the crash.
Damage was also caused to a lamp-post on the roadside during the shunt.
But cops are urging motorists to take extra care due to icy road conditions caused by a plunge in temperatures.