70-year-old alleged drug driver arrested after crash that caused 'traffic chaos'

Traffic chaos at Owton Manor Lodge roundabout on A689
Traffic chaos at Owton Manor Lodge roundabout on A689 -Credit:UGC

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of drug driving following a crash which caused “traffic chaos”.

Cleveland Police were called to reports of a one-vehicle collision on Meryl Gardens at 7.10am on Thursday. A car is believed to have collided with a railing.

The driver, a 70-year-old woman, was arrested on suspicion of driving with no insurance and drug driving, the force confirmed. The collision caused major traffic delays across Hartlepool during rush hour.

One woman described the backlog on the A689 as “mental”. She added that “everything was at standstill” and there was “traffic chaos at Owton Manor Lodge roundabout”. School children expecting coaches to get to Manor Academy, in Owton Manor Lane were late, and dozens of drivers were performing u-turns in the roads in a bid to get to their destinations more quickly.

AA Traffic showed that roads, including the A689 and Catcote Road, were blocked whilst emergency services dealt with the crash. The road was closed but has since reopened.

A Cleveland Fire Brigade spokesperson confirmed it attended the road traffic collision on the A689 at 7.35am. A post on X states: “There are two fire appliances attending. The road is closed from Owton Lodge roundabout to Greatham. Please avoid the area if you can.”