Drivers warned of traffic delays near Tyne Tunnel after crane hits Metro bridge

Motorists are being warned to expect traffic delays after an crane hit a Metro bridge near the Tyne Tunnel earlier today.

Friday, 13th May 2016, 15:08 pm
Updated Friday, 13th May 2016, 16:16 pm
Motorists are being warned to expect traffic delays after an crane hit a Metro bridge near the Tyne Tunnel earlier today.

Northumbria Police have confirmed they are still on scene cleaning up debris after a JCB on the back of a lorry hit the side of a Metro bridge over the A19 southbound.

Police were called to the collision in the East Howdon area at 1.15pm and closed one lane of the dual carriageway.

They are warning motorists to expect delays as only one lane and the slip road remains open while they are in the process of removing the crane from the scene.

A Tyne and Wear Metro Spokesman said: "Trains were suspended between North Shields and Wallsend at 1.20pm due to the need to inspect the structure an the tracks.

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"Services have resumed between Wallsend and North Shields at 4.10pm"