A DRIVER had to be cut free from his car after a crash on a busy road.
Emergency services were called to reports of a two-vehicle smash on the A183, at Penshaw,
Firefighters used cutting equipment to release the 60-year-old driver of the Citroen C3.
He was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital for treatment, although his injuries are not thought to be life threatening.
A spokeswoman for Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said: “The driver of the Citroen C3 was rescued by fire service personnel using cutting equipment to remove the door. He was then placed on a spinal board and conveyed to hospital.”
The driver and a passenger in the second car, a Renault Megane, escaped unharmed from the smash, which happened just after 7am yesterday.