A stretch of the A1M has been closed through Northumberland after a major car crash in the early hours of this morning (Friday, July 28). 

The A1M northbound in Northumberland is expected to remain closed through rush hour and into "late morning" after a serious crash at around 1.50 am.

The major road is shut between the B6347 (CharltonMires) and A1167 (Berwick-Upon-Tweed).

Emergency services were on the scene in the early hours, and a serious collision investigation is now underway - though authorities expect this to be "protracted".

National Highways has requested that drivers allow extra time if they are expecting to travel through the area. 

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A spokesperson for National Highways said: "The A1 northbound in Northumberland remains closed between the B6347 (CharltonMires) and A1167 (Berwick-Upon-Tweed) following a serious collision between a van and a lorry.

"Collision investigation is underway, however, is likely to be protracted. The road is expected to remain closed into the late morning."

A diversion is currently in place if you are anticipating travelling through Northumberland today. 

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Road users are advised to follow the solid triangle diversion symbol on road signs:

  • Exit the A1 northbound at Charlton Mires and head east on the B6347.
  • Follow for 2 miles and turn right to remain on B6347 and follow the road as it becomes the B1340. 
  • Continue on the B1340 through Beadnell, Seahouses and Bamburgh until it becomes the B1342.
  • Follow the B1342 back to the A1 northbound at Belford and rejoin the A1 northbound to continue your journey.  

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National Highways advised: "Road users travelling from further afield you may wish to use the A697 (north of Morpeth) if heading to Scotland.

"If this closure impacts your planned route, please allow extra journey time. Plan ahead, you may wish to re-route or even delay your journey."