TWO people had to be taken to hospital after the car they were travelling in skidded off the road.
It happened in Hazard Lane, in Hetton, when the Kia vehicle veered off the carriageway.
Police officers and paramedics rushed to the scene to treat the pair before taking them to hospital to be checked over.
The crash took place just before 7.30am on Monday.
Elsewhere, motorists on the A1 northbound have been stuck in five-mile long tailbacks between Durham City and Chester-le-Street.
The delays were caused by surface water following heavy rain.