There has been a collision on the A1(M) (Image: Hayley May Hetherington)
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Several people are feared dead after a multiple-vehicle crash in County Durham.
Pictures show a devastating scene after a truck appeared to have jack-knifed and burst into flames on the A1(M) outside Durham.
The motorway has been closed in both directions between Bradbury and Carrville due to the incident.
A heavy goods vehicle was pictured after smashing through the central reservation along the stretch of the road and bursting into flames.
Emergency services rushed to the scene and launched a major rescue operation amid debris strewn across the road by the force of the collision.
Police said the incident involved several vehicles, including two lorries, one of which caught fire as a result of the collision.
Officers added there appear to have been fatalities.
The North East Ambulance Service said other patients in the area may experience delays as the services deal with the incident.
A truck caught fire and it is feared there have been fatalities
A spokesperson for Durham Constabulary said: "Emergency services are currently on the scene of a serious collision on the A1(M).
"The incident happened at 6.20pm today on the northbound carriageway at Bowburn.
"It involved several vehicles, including two lorries, one of which caught fire as a result of the collision.
"Sadly, there appear to have been fatalities.
"The road has been closed in both directions between Bradbury and Carrville. It is expected to remain closed for several hours while emergency services, including police, fire and the ambulance service, work at the scene.
"We would ask that people avoid the area and plan ahead if they are travelling this evening.
"Officers would like to speak to anyone who has any dashcam footage of the incident.
"Please contact Durham Constabulary on 101, quoting incident number 322 of July 15."
A spokesperson for the North East Ambulance Service said: "We’re incredibly busy dealing with this incident at the moment, which may mean other patients in the area experience a delay.
"If you’re currently waiting for an ambulance, please bear with us and don’t call us back unless your condition worsens."
Officers are investigating the cause of the crash and appealing for any dash cam footage of the incident.
Anyone with information can contact 101 quoting incident number 322 of July 15.