Three people were killed in a horrifying pile-up on the A1(M), which forced the closure of the highway.

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Three people were killed in a horrifying pile-up on the A1(M), which forced the closure of the highway.

A harrowing pile-up that closed a long stretch of highway today claimed the lives of three persons.

The accident, which involved four cars and two HGVs on the A1(M) near junction 61 for Bowburn, County Durham, is said to have resulted in a lorry catching fire.

The northbound carriageway is closed between junctions 60 and 61 for Bradbury, while the southbound side is closed between junctions 62 and 63 for Durham.

A guy driving a Toyota Hilux and a man and a woman in a Vauxhall Crossland perished at the scene, according to Chronicle Live. After the crash on Thursday night, other persons were brought to the hospital.

The driver of one of the lorries, a 41-year-old man, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death through hazardous driving.

“This was a traumatic tragedy for everyone involved, and our prayers are with the family and friends of those who have lost their loved ones,” said Durham Police Detective Superintendent Dave Ashton, who is conducting the inquiry.

“It’s been tremendously sad and worrisome for individuals who observed the incident, as well as the emergency services who arrived on the site, including police officers, firefighters, and paramedics.

“As a gesture of decency and respect for those who have died, we urge that people refrain from sharing images and videos from the collision.

“Because the collision occurred over a long distance and many of the vehicles involved were seriously damaged, this will be an incredibly difficult and prolonged investigation.”

“The road will be closed for the remainder of the day to allow specialized collision investigators to work at the scene and determine the facts behind the incident,” he added.

“Before reopening, the road will need to be inspected for damage to protect the safety of future road users. As a result, motorists should stay away from the region and prepare ahead if they must travel.

“We recognize the substantial disruption caused by this incident, and we appreciate everyone’s patience, understanding, and cooperation as we work at the scene.”

On the A167 northbound through Rushyford, Chilton, and other villages, diversions are in place. Southbound vehicles should take the A690 via Durham before joining the A167.

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