A motorway volition stay closed passim the time arsenic exigency services proceed painstaking enactment astatine the country of a multi-vehicle clang successful which radical are believed to person died.
The northbound carriageway of the A1(M) astatine Bowburn, County Durham, was unopen pursuing the clang astatine 18:20 BST connected Thursday.
Several vehicles were progressive successful the pile-up and a lorry burst into flames.
Durham Police said determination "appear to person been fatalities".
Highways England tweeted that the roadworthy volition enactment shut arsenic constabulary mishap investigators survey the country and determination is nary estimation for erstwhile it mightiness reopen.
Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service said it had taken much than an hr to enactment retired the lorry fire.
Seven crews, including a specializer portion from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, had been sent to the tract betwixt Bradbury and Carrville.
The Great North Air Ambulance was besides deployed to transport casualties.
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