Spinal injuries

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A MAN and a woman suffered spinal injuries after the car they were in crashed into a road sign.

The accident involving the Audi happened at 9pm yesterday on Newcastle Road, West Boldon, close to Testos Roundabout.

Paramedics gave the pair, both in their 20s, oxygen and pain relief, while firefighters cut them free from the vehicle.

They were then put on to spinal boards and taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

The fire crew also made the vehicle safe by disconnecting its battery and cleared the road of debris.