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.

By Gavin Ledwith
Friday, 05 July, 2019, 21:15
Picture sent to us by Echo reader John Underwood.

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.

Laura Whitfield Phillips sent us this picture of the car after the blaze.