Sunderland driver suffers back injuries in smash near Nissan plant

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A MOTORIST suffered suspected spinal injuries in a crash today.

 The incident happened at the south entrance to the Nissan plant, in Washington, when the male driver’s Nissan Juke hit another car. Two appliances from Sunderland West fire station arrived at the scene to free the man, who is believed to be in his 50s.

The crash happened at 6.35am.

Crew manager Ron Monaghan said: “We took the roof off because he had suspected spinal injuries.

“It took about 30 minutes.

“It looks like it was a low-speed impact, but the paramedics were worried that he had suffered suspected spinal injuries.

“They took him out on a long board stretcher and he was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital.”

Meanwhile, a driver sparked a police search today after he rang police to say he thought he had hit a cyclist on the A19 southbound, before the A1231 turn-off.

Officers were seen investigating the incident on the grass verge with sniffer dogs just after 8am.