A BOY was airlifted to hospital after the car he was travelling in was involved in a crash with an alleged hit-and-run driver.
The 12-year-old and his mum were hurt after their Vauxhall Corsa was in a collision with a Daewoo Matiz, in Middle Street, Blackhall.
The injured pair were taken to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough – the boy by the Great North Air Ambulance and his mum by road ambulance .
Crews from the Peterlee and Wheatley Hill fire stations, along with a specialist rescue unit, had to cut the roof off the car to free the pair.
Peter Brown, watch manager at the Peterlee station, said: “Their condition was thought not to be serious but they were complaining of neck and back pain and as a precaution, we took the roof off the car.”
Middle Street was closed for half an hour during the incident, which happened at about 5.15pm on Saturday.
The boy was discharged from hospital yesterday.
A police spokesman confirmed the driver of the Daewoo had left the scene, and said officers are investigating.