Delays after lorry breaks down on key Sunderland road

The vehicle broke down on the A19. Picture by Google Maps.
The vehicle broke down on the A19. Picture by Google Maps.

A broken down lorry caused delays on a major route into Sunderland this morning.

The heavy goods vehicle came to a halt on the A19 southbound at the A690 turn-off, and it caused tail-backs on both roads.

On the 'traffic news' section of its website, the AA said: "One lane closed and queuing traffic due to stalled truck on A19 Southbound at A690 Durham Road. Lane one (of two) closed."

North East Live Traffic tweeted: "A690 Durham Road, heavy slow moving traffic on the approach to the A19 at Doxford Park in Sunderland with tail backs to the 'over the Hill Farm'."

It added: "Broken down HGV on the A19 southbound at the A690 Durham Road junction Sunderland, in lane one."

Northumbria Police tweeted: "Broken down HGV A19/A690 southbound - lane one. Traffic flowing in lane two but this may cause delays in area."

Traffic is now flowing freely.

The police added: "The earlier broken down HGV on A19/A690 Junction Southbound is now clear. Traffic flowing freely."