Airlifted victims of A19 traffic smash in “stable” conditions

AIRLIFTED ... the Great North Air Ambulance takes one of the casualties to hospital. Pic: John Bainbridge.

AIRLIFTED ... the Great North Air Ambulance takes one of the casualties to hospital. Pic: John Bainbridge.

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TWO people who were airlifted to separate hospitals after a traffic smash on the A19 are both in stable conditions.

Crews from the Great North Air Ambulance were called to the northbound carriageway of the road near Seaton, Seaham, after 5pm on Thursday.

One man was flown to Middlesbrough’s James Cook University Hospital with head and chest injuries, while a woman was airflited to Newcastle’s RVI in a serious condition.

Both the man and woman are now described as being in stable conditions according to a Durham Police spokeswoman.

The A19 was closed in both directions while police and paramedics attended the scene, causing major delays for up to an hour as drivers were diverted to alternative routes.

The southbound carriageway was later re-opened although Highways England confirmed the northbound carriageway remained closed overnight from Seaton to the A690 junction at Doxford Park investigation to allow for planned roadworks to take place.