ONE of the region’s busiest roads ground to a halt after a multi-car smash.
Five cars were involved in the accident on the southbound carriageway of the A19, just after Testo’s round-about in Boldon Colliery.
A police spokesman confirmed the force had received an emergency call around 10.40am on Saturday.
Diversions had been put in place as paramedics tended to those involved in the crash and police officers worked to get the carriageway cleared of debris.
No one was hurt and the road was reopened after about half an hour.