A PASSENGER suffered serious head injuries and had to be cut free by firefighters after a two-vehicle smash in Grangetown.
Emergency services were called to the scene at 4.48pm yesterday, following the collision on Leechmere Road.
Two fire engines from Sunderland Central fire station and one from North Moor attended along with police and the air ambulance.
A man in his 20s was extracted from the car by the fire service who removed the roof of the vehicle before placing him on a spinal board.
He was flown to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle for treatment and was described as stable on arrival.
A spokesman for the Great North Air Ambulance (GNAA) said: “The Great North Air Ambulance was asked to assist North East Ambulance Service with an RTC in Sunderland.
“A serious road accident had closed a road and on our arrival a patient was still trapped in a vehicle. We worked with NEAS paramedics, fire & rescue to extricate him from the vehicle.
“After an assessment by our Doctor, the patient was anaesthetised on scene before being flown to the Major Trauma Centre at the RVI in Newcastle.”