Man seriously hurt in A19 smash

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A MAN suffered life-threatening injuries after a three-vehicle smash on the A19.

The victim – thought to be in his 50s – was flown to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary after the accident near the junction with Durham Road this morning.

Emergency crews were scrambled to the scene at about 10.05am where paramedics treated the man at the roadside, before he was taken to hospital by the Great North Air Ambulance.

His injuries were described as critical.

The A19 was closed southbound at the A690 and diversions were in place for several hours.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, quoting reference 315 05/11/14.