A WOMAN was cut free from a car after it careered off a road and crashed into a ditch.
A man from Peterlee, who had been driving, two other men and a boy managed to get out of the Nissan Almera after it crashed on the A182 South Hetton Road near the Plants R Ross garden centre at 4.50pm on Saturday.
Firefighters from Peterlee helped cut the trapped woman from the front passenger seat of the car, giving her oxygen until paramedics arrived on scene.
She was taken to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough for treatment.
Two of the men who were in the car also sustained injuries, believed to be fractured ankles.
Crew manager John Livingston said: “The fact these people were wearing seatbelts probably saved their lives.”