ONE of the region's main roads is expected to be closed for several hours after a serious crash.

Police have closed the A689 at the junction with Butterwick Road, west of Sedgefield, in County Durham.

A spokesman for Durham Constabulary said: "There has been a road traffic collision on the A689 at the junction with Butterwick Road.

"The road will be closed for several hours."

The accident happened just before 5pm.

A NEAS spokesperson said, "We were called at 16:48 to reports of an RTC on the A689 near Sedgefield. 

"A passing ambulance stopped to assist. 

"We deployed a further seven resources, including a doctor and our HART team. 

"We took one patient to North Tees Hospital."