THE emergency services rushed to tackle a horror crash scene after a collision on a busy route.
But it was a case of lights, camera, action rather than life or death, as a hit detective drama shot part of its storyline on a closed road.
The cast and crew of ITV show Vera set up on the isolated road at the rear of Dalton Park earlier this week, with the programme’s star Brenda Blethyn among those involved in the two-day shoot.
The route was laid down in preparation for the new Hawthorn Industrial Estate, but developers are yet to move on to the plot, leaving the road a dead end across open land for several years.
Ian Jones, 29, from Murton, snapped the scenes being shot after hearing the filming was taking place. The part-time signwriter, who takes photographs as a hobby, said: “They said they had crashed two trucks on one day and tried to get them out of the crash and there had been a police chase.
“Then they were filming parts where they were getting out of cars.
“They asked me to stop taking photos because they could hear the clicks on camera when they were doing scenes.
“I think it’s good for the area.
“It’s already a big dog-walking place and with cyclists too, and I think people will see it and visit more. It’ll be interesting to watch it when it comes on.”
The crew of Vera has previously filmed on Seaham’s seafront, on the terrace streets of Horden and taken advantage of the village’s coastal views as well as at Peterlee’s Apollo Pavilion.
The show, based on characters created by novelist Ann Cleeves, will hit television screens next year.