Vehicle fire closes A19 at Sunderland

The A19 southbound at Herrington. Picture from Google Images.

The A19 southbound at Herrington. Picture from Google Images.

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The A19 has reopened after one of its busiest Wearside junctions was closed due to a vehicle fire.

The road was closed southbound at its Herrington interchange with the A690 Durham Road.

Traffic was diverted over the A690 slip roads.

Firecrews from Rainton Bridge and Farringdon stations tackled the blaze and Northumbira Police said the incident was not expected to affect traffic leaving today's Stadium of Light clash with Leicester City.