A busy stretch of the A19 road had to be closed following a crash this morning.
Following a three-car collision at the Backworth turn-off between Moor Farm and Silverlink in North Tyneside the southbound carriageway has now been re-opened with one lane operating.
Northumbria Police tweeted: "Three vehicles are involved in the collision.
"Nobody is seriously injured but there will be long delays in the area. Police are on scene.
"Emergency services are on scene to assist those involved in the collision. Police are working to get things moving. Please be patient.
"One lane is open on the A19 southbound following the collision approaching the Tyne Tunnel.
"Still very slow in the area so expect delays."