A19 reopens after HGV shed load with workers collecting bricks by hand

Motorists were hit with huge tailbacks after a HGV shed its load on the A19. Drivers waited in miles of queuing traffic after bricks fell from the vehicle, between A179 (Sheraton junction) and A181 ( Castle Eden Interchange), on Monday. Both lanes on the northbound carriageway were closed for recovery work.

Images from the scene showed Highways workers moving bricks by hand during the recovery work. Durham Constabulary officers were also present, stationed on the A19 northbound, with two cars at the scene. READ MORE: Chris Wilder sacked by Middlesbrough LIVE – Updates and reaction as Boro search for new boss The incident was first reported around 6am and the road was completely closed around 9.40am to finish recovery work.

Motorists were faced with “four miles of congestion” and average speeds of 5mph at one point during the rush-hour chaos. The lorry had its front wheels on the grass verge and it appeared that bricks had toppled forwards onto the tractor unit. Workmen were on the trailer are moving bricks by hand.

The major route fully reopened six hours later at around 12.30pm.