The A1231 Sunderland Highway fully reopened after a three-car smash.

The A1231 Sunderland Highway.

The A1231 Sunderland Highway.

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A three-vehicle smash closed the A1231 in Washington earlier this afternoon

A police spokeswoman said the smash occurred at 12.56pm on the westbound carriageway, just beyond The Galleries off-slip.

The slip road was closed following the accident but reopened an hour later.

Emergency services are still on the scene.

The extent of any injuries is not yet clear.