TWO passengers have been taken to hospital and one man arrested after a car careered out of control and smashed into a tree.
A 19 year old girl suffered spinal and pelvic injuries in the crash at 3.45am today.
The Fiat Stilo had been travelling towards Hastings Hill from the roundabout with the A19 when it sped off the road, hitting a tree and smashing into a fence.
The two back seat passenger, a 19-year-old girl and a 26-year-old man were left trapped.
The driver and a front seat passenger managed to get out of the car.
Police questioned and arrested a 32-year-old man on suspicion of driving while unfit as fire crews from Farringdon station cut the casualties free.
Watch manager Eddie Cairns, from the station, said: “The young lady in the back seat was in quite a distressed state and we had to cut the roof of the car off in order to help the paramedics get to her.
“We also had to cut a section of fence away in order to get near the car.
“It seems the vehicle had been travelling off the A19 towards Sunderland when it has hit the tree.”
Both rear seat passengers were taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital to receive treatment. Their injuries are not thought to be life threatening.
A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said: “A section of the Chester Road was closed off while one man was arrested for driving while unfit.”