A690 closed after HGV overturns and leaves debris on road

Motorists were urged to avoid the A690 after a lorry overturned onto its side and left debris dumped on part of the road.

Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 1:29 pm

Northumbria Police and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service were called to the route on the Houghton and Sunderland-bound side of the carriageway near to the turn off to the B1284 to Rainton Bridge.

The incident was reported earlier today, Thursday, April 22, with a diversion in place for traffic in the area.

A photo shared by the force’s Road Safety Team shows the contents of the HGV have spilt onto the outside lane of the road and the central reservation, with officers asking people to avoid the area.

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Police on the scene of the collision on the A690.

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A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “At 10.45am today we received a report that a heavy goods vehicle had overturned on the A690 Durham Road at Rainton Bridge, Houghton.

“Emergency services are at the scene.”

They said the eastbound side of the road would remain closed while the clear-up operation was carried out, with a diversion in place.

Northumbria Police Road Safety - @NPRoadSafety - shared this photo of its officers and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service on the scene of the overturned lorry near Rainton Bridge.

The fire service said it was called in to assist with the recovery of an overturned HGV which had spilt rubble and fuel on to the road.

A spokesperson added: “We dispatched three appliances with crews from Rainton Bridge Community Fire Station, Sunderland Central Fire Station and Faringdon Community Fire Station with the first crew on the scene at 10.51am.

“An Enviro Pack was administered at the scene to help soak up the spillage of fuel.”

The crews left the scene at 11.55am, when a recovery vehicle had already arrived on site.

The collision site as recovery efforts got under way.

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A large amount of rubble was left on the road when the lorry overturned.
The HGV came to rest on its side on the eastbound side of the A690.