Sunderland A19 car fire: Lanes reopen after dramatic blaze
A motorist appears to have had a lucky escape after a vehicle fire caused major rush-hour tailbacks.
Echo reader John Underwood sent us this picture of the blaze near the busy A183 Pennywell and Chester-le-Street southbound turn off at around 5pm on Friday.
Highways England North-East said two lanes were closed while its workers dealt with the aftermath of the Sunderland fire.
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It confirmed just before 7pm that both lanes had reopened.
The driver is believed to have escaped unharmed.