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Man to appear in court over crash that closed tunnel.

A MAN has been summonsed to court in connection with a lorry crash that closed the Tyne Tunnel for 90 minutes on the day of the Great North Run . Altaf Hussain is due to appear before magistrates accused of driving or attempting to drive motor vehicle whilst under the influence of drink or drugs.

The crash closed the Tyne Tunnel's northbound lanes for more than an hour and a half as thousands of people tried to get back from the Great North Run on Sunday.

Tunnel bosses said the closure was caused by "an incident with a lorry that caused damage to cameras and signs".

TT2 Limited, which runs the tunnel, tweeted on Sunday that the incident with the HGV had happened at around 3.15pm.

It also said: "The driver has been arrested by police and Tunnel staff were able reopen the tunnel once made safe. Apologies for the delays."

The northbound Tyne Tunnel was closed for more than an hour and a half in total.

Traffic leaving the Great North Run was affected by delays.

Phil Smith, CEO of TT2 Limited, said: "While there was no structural damage to the tunnel, there was considerable debris that required removing and our staff team, some of whom came in on their day off to help the clean-up operation, did a sterling job to ensure that the closure was kept to a minimum.

"Police attended and we thank them for their prompt response."

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: "Altaf Hussain, 48, of Bowling Hall Road, Bradford, has been summonsed to court in relation to driving or attempting to drive motor vehicle whilst under the influence of drink or drugs.

"He is due to appear before magistrates in North Tyneside on a date to be confirmed."

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Date:Sep 11, 2019
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