A690 closed after police car crashes

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A BUSY road was closed today after a collision involving a police car.

The A690 was shut in both directions for about 90 minutes, from 5.30am, after the smash on the westbound carriageway near the Belmont turn-off.

It is not thought the police officer, who was from Durham Constabulary, was hurt in the incident.

The dual carriageway was closed until shortly after 7am while accident investigators visited the scene.

Police would not say whether the vehicle was involved in a pursuit at the time of the accident. No other details have yet been released.