A ROAD will remain closed overnight after a car was crashed into a telegraph pole and abandoned.

Thorntree Gill in Peterlee is closed from the junction with the Coast Road, B1086.

Police were called at 1.15pm and found nobody in the red Audi A3.

Officers have spoken to the owner who has said he was not driving at the time of the crash.

It is understood the matter will be investigated further in due course.

A spokesman for Durham Constabulary said: “We had a report of the car having been abandoned following a collision with telegraph pole with a lamppost attached.

“The road is closed as a precaution because we did not know if it was a power line.”

Drivers are requested to follow the diversion via Yoden Way and Eastfield for access.