A STRETCH of the A1(M) is closed following a serious crash in the early hours of this morning.

Two vehicles were involved in the collision near Leeming Bar, North Yorkshire, at about 2.20am this morning.

The road remains closed as accident investigators work at the scene.

North Yorkshire Police said emergency services were called to the scene of a serious crash on the southbound carriageway between Junction 51, with the A684 for Leeming Bar and Bedale, and Junction 50, with the A61 to Ripon.

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They have not confirmed any further details of the incident but officers are appealing for witnesses or anyone who was travelling in the area to get in touch.

Reports from the AA suggest one of the cars overturned and came to rest in a field.

A spokesperson for National Highways Yorkshire said: "Please be aware that this A1M southbound J51 to J50 incident is causing delays of 40 mins above normal journey time for this time of day.

"There is approximately four  miles of congestion on approach.

"Please allow plenty of extra time for your journey if you are travelling in the area."

A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Police said: "Anyone who witnessed the collision or who was driving along that stretch of road at around the time of the collision is asked to contact police.

"Dial 101, press 1 and pass information to the Force Control Room, quoting reference number NYP-18102021-0020."



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