The A19 has reopened after a six-vehicle rush-hour smash closed the road this morning.
The A19 had been closed southbound from the A690 Doxford Park junction after the collision , which happened near Seaham at shortly before 9am.
A number of fire engines, police vehicles, ambulances and highways vehicles were on the scene and the carriageway is blocked, following the smash at the Seaton exit for Seaham B1404.
A Durham Police spokesman said after the smash: "We are currently dealing with a multi-vehicle incident which has closed the A19 southbound near Seaham.
"Although details are still emerging, it appears at least six vehicles have been involved in the incident which happened just after A1018 turn off at 8.47am.
"It is believed there are no serious injuries.
"Please avoid the area if you can while recovery of the vehicles takes place.
"We will provide further updates as we get them."