A1 closed southbound after crash causes huge tailbacks

Emergency services are dealing with an accident on the A1.
Emergency services are dealing with an accident on the A1.

Part of the A1 has had to be closed following a crash.

The southbound side of the road is closed between junction 56 and 53, in North Yorkshire.

A "large spillage" as well as significant barrier damage has been caused.

Traffic in County Durham and Hartlepool is being affected as a result of the problems.

Highways England North East tweeted: "Reminder for road users - #A1M is fully CLOSED southbound betweeen J56 and J53 following an earlier collision which has caused a large spillage and significant barrier damage.

"Emergency safety repairs will be taking place.

"Traffic is being diverted locally through."