A busy road was closed and motorists forced to use the hard shoulder after a smash. earlier today.
Police were called to the A1 at 7.40am to reports of a road traffic collision.
The collision happened southbound between junction 62 and 63 near Chester-le-Street.
Both lanes were closed to traffic with the hard shoulder being used to keep traffic moving. The lanes have now been re-opened, however, police are warning there are still delays.