Police are appealing after two drivers fled the scene of a suspected hit and run on the A19 at the end of last month – despite not knowing whether anyone was seriously injured at the scene.

Emergency services were called to the northbound carriageway of the major A-road near the junction with A183 Hylton Bridge at around 6pm on Sunday, July 23 following reports of a three-car collision.

It was reported that a car had been travelling on the road when, for reasons yet to be established, it collided with a silver Nissan Micra and another car – also travelling on the road in the same direction.

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Despite the crash occurring, when officers from Northumbria Police attended, the driver of the Nissan Micra was the only person who remained at the scene, and the drivers of the two other vehicles left before police arrived.

Following the incident, an investigation was launched to establish the full circumstances surrounding the crash, and officers are now appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

PC Anth French, of Northumbria Police, has highlighted the severity of leaving the scene of an incident.

He noted that while no was injured in the crash – it is important to trace these drivers.

He said: "Thankfully nobody was seriously injured in this collision – however, significant damage was caused, and we do know that two of the three vehicles involved made the decision not to stop at the scene.

"We are now carrying out a range of enquiries to locate both drivers of the other two cars and we would ask that those individuals make themselves known to police as soon as possible.

"We believe that the driver of one vehicle may have stopped on the road momentarily after the incident. While we do not have clear descriptions at this stage, it is suspected the other vehicles may have been damaged because of the collision.

"If you were in the area at the time and may have seen what happened, or if you have any dashcam footage that may assist our investigation, please get in touch." Anyone with information is asked to contact police via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of our website or by calling 101 quoting log NP-20220724-0922."

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