TWO people were airlifted to hospital following a motorway smash.
It happened when a car and a minibus collided on the northbound carriageway of the A1 near Washington services on Sunday morning.
Paramedics from the Air Ambulance were called out and transported two people to hospital for treatment, although neither is thought to have sustained serious injuries.
The nortbound side of the road was closed while the emergency services tended to those affected, but has since re-opened.
A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said: “At just after 11.10am, on Sunday, December 29, police received a report of a two-vehicle crash, involving a car and mini bus, on the northbound side of the A1 just after Washington services.
“The northbound side of the A1 was closed while officers and the ambulance service, including the air ambulance, attended the scene.
“Two people from the minibus were airlifted to hospital for treatment after suffering back pain.
“No-one is believed to be seriously injured.
“The road has since re-opened.”