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A19 in Teeside reopens after controlled explosion carried out

Police and experts took the device to a garage   (Incidents on Teesside & County Durham)
Police and experts took the device to a garage (Incidents on Teesside & County Durham)

Bomb-disposal experts were called to a suspected explosive device near a busy A road on Teesside.

A stretch of the A19 was closed in both directions, causing traffic jams, after the device was discovered late on Wednesday afternoon.

Cleveland Police said the closure was a result of a suspected explosive device, which was taken to a garage to be examined by specialists.

The bomb-disposal squad sprang into action (Incidents on Teesside & County Durham)
The bomb-disposal squad sprang into action (Incidents on Teesside & County Durham)

It was reported that the item was found at the Ron Perry service station at Elwick Services, according to the Hartlepool Mail.

The A19 had been shut between the A689 near Billingham and the A179 to Hartlepool, and National Highways had warned of long delays for motorists.

Police asked drivers to find alternative routes.

 (Incidents on Teesside & County Durham)
(Incidents on Teesside & County Durham)

Officers said the device was examined then “disposed of in a controlled explosion on nearby farmland”.

The road reopened after more than two hours, around 6.30pm.

On Tuesday, a man was left fighting for his life after a four-car crash on the A19, near Kirby Sigston. He was one of six people taken to hospital for treatment.

The northbound and southbound carriageways were both closed.

Five ambulances, an air ambulance and a team leader were among the 999 crews called to the scene.