Emergency services have released more details about a serious incident that happened in County Durham this morning (Thursday, January 5) that saw a person airlifted to hospital and a large presence of emergency service vehicles.

Police officers, paramedics, and critical care teams were seen in Bishop Auckland at around 8.10am following reports of a 'major incident' at Newton Cap Viaduct. 

During the incident, the A689, which runs through Newton Cap Viaduct, was closed off for around 45 minutes.

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One motorist told The Northern Echo: "The road was completely closed off and all I could see was blue lights around the bridge. There were cars everywhere."

The Great North Air Ambulance had previously confirmed its attendance at the incident - and revealed that a person was airlifted to hospital. 

A spokesperson for the service said: "Our critical care team were activated to an incident in Bishop Auckland at 8.25am. They arrived on the scene at 8.33am and worked alongside the North East Ambulance Service to assess and treat a patient, before airlifting them to hospital."

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However, Durham Police has now given more details about the emergency response, confirming that a 16-year-old male was the person rushed to hospital and that the road is now open to vehicles. 

A spokesperson for the police force said: "Officers were called to an incident at Newton Cap Viaduct, Bishop Auckland, at around 8.10am today (Thursday, January 5).

"A 16-year-old male was taken to James Cook Hospital.

"The road was closed to allow access to emergency services but has now reopened."

The North East Ambulance Service has been contacted for a comment.

More to follow.