Passenger cut free

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A MAN was taken to hospital with spinal injuries after a road smash.

 The passenger had to be cut free from a Vauxhall Astra after it collided with a Rover in Easington Lane yesterday lunchtime.

 Fire crews from Sunderland Central and East were called to the scene at Elemore Lane, Easington Lane, just before 1pm.

 Firefighters removed a car door to free the injured man before he was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital.