THREE pensioners had to go to hospital after the car they were in flipped onto its roof following a crash.
The Renault Megane was the only vehicle involved in the accident in Silksworth Road, Doxford Park, at 4.30pm on Wednesday.
One lane of the road was closed for more than an hour while the car was recovered by traffic management staff.
A spokesman for Northumbria Police said all three occupants of the Megane were taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital.
The driver, a man in his 80s, and his two passengers, a man in his 80s and a woman in her 70s, all received treatment but were later discharged without serious injuries.
The stretch of road affected was re-opened after 7.15pm.
It is not yet known what caused the accident.