A crashed truck came inches away from plunging into a river after ploughing straight over a stone bridge barrier outside Gibside Hall.
The vehicle had partially mounted the stone barrier, spilling some of its load on to the road.
A fence on the side of the bridge was also broken and left hanging over the water below.
The damaged truck managed to come to a stop just a few inches away from the edge.
It is not believed that the driver was seriously hurt but the bridge has been closed off since the crash.
Northumbria Police officers worked with the Environment Agency to safely remove the truck but the road has remained closed.
The crash happened just a few metres away from the National Trust ‘s Gibside Hall.
Gibside is open as usual on Thursday and can be reached from Burnopfield.
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Durham County Council said the B6317 Busty Bank has been closed to traffic and pedestrians due to the damage on the bridge.
It is not yet known how long the bridge will be closed for.
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