Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Heavy Snow Brings Roads to a Standstill

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Heavy Snow Brings Roads to a Standstill

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HEAVY snow brought chaos to Teesside's roads as locals shivered through a day of disruption.

Inches of the white stuff brought smiles to the faces of kids in the region, but led to misery for drivers.

The Met Office had forecast heavy snow overnight, and many opened their curtains yesterday morning to a whiteout.

The A19 northbound was closed for hours between Billingham and Hartlepool due to the icy conditions, and caused widespread early morning disruption after an Asda lorry jack-knifed and hit a central barrier.

Gritters had worked overnight to clear main routes but side streets were covered as Teessiders ventured out.

Delays were also caused by faulty traffic lights in Stockton, with long queues at the A689 junction near Wolviston.

Snowy scenes in Stockton TERRY BLACKBURN Reports of huge tailbacks getting off the Ingleby Barwick estate were also reported.

Birk Brow in East Cleveland was closed for a short while, but reopened as the morning wore on and normal congestion from Marton was even busier.

A broken down lorry reportedly caused tailbacks on Ormesby Road in Middlesbrough.

Schools opened late to allow children time to get in, while buses and coaches made delayed pick ups.

Some, including Hardwick Green Primary School, and Bishopton Redmarshall Primary School, were closed.

Buses were also delayed, with some services in remote areas cancelled.

Around 30 homes in Billingham were left without power, while Thornaby market was cancelled.

Other crashes across Teesside were reported, while the A19 was closed again - northbound just past Hartlepool - yesterday afternoon, after a driver collapsed at the wheel.

A man was taken to Hartlepool General Hospital with serious injuries after the Great North Air Ambulance landed, and the road was closed for around two hours. …

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