Two people have been taken to hospital after a multi-vehicle crash on the A19 which has caused a large amount of disruption and delays.

The incident happened at about 9am this morning on the northbound stretch from Pennine Avenue to the A1027 Norton Interchange.

Traffic began to build up quickly and the road was soon closed by police.

Reports suggested a fleet of 999 vehicles had descended on the road to deal with the incident.

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A spokesperson for Cleveland Police said: "A19 northbound Tees flyover closed

"Emergency services are currently dealing with a multiple vehicle collision on the A19 northbound near the Norton entry slip (after the Portrack slip onto the A19)

"The Tees flyover northbound is currently closed; please avoid the area, seeking alternative routes while we deal with the situation.

"Thank you for your cooperation and understanding"

Drivers caught up in the aftermath of the crash saw delays of around four minutes according to AA, however, pictures from the incident showed traffic backed up.

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Later a spokesperson for North East Ambulance Service confirmed that two people had been taken to hospital.

A spokesperson said: “We were called to a multi-vehicle road traffic collision this morning (14 October) shortly before 10am on the A19 Northbound in Stockton-on-Tees.

"We dispatched four ambulance crews and one clinical team leader. One person was treated at the scene and two patients were taken to North Tees Hospital."