FIREFIGHTERS gave first aid to a man after a smash on the A19.
The Citroen car left the north-bound dual carriageway and landed on its side on the hard shoulder.
Crews from Seaham station were called to the incident near the Seaton turn-off at about 11.40pm on Saturday.
The man was able to escape before emergency services arrived, but was badly shaken.
He was taken to University Hospital of North Durham.
The car was written off in the incident, which is being investigated by Durham police.