A man was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after being hit by a train in Seaham last night.
A major emergency response was sparked and rail services were shut down after the incident at a level crossing in Lord Bryons Walk.
Four ambulance crews and a helicopter were swiftly despatched to the scene.
The North East Ambulance Service sent out two ambulance crews, a specialist Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and a vehicle with a doctor and paramedic onboard in order to offer immediate medical assistance.
The patient was transferred to the major trauma unit of Newcastle's RVI Hospital by helicopter.
A North East Ambulance Service spokesman said: "We were called at 10.06pm last night to reports a person had been hit by a train.
"We sent out two ambulance crews, a specialist heart team and a vehicle with a doctor and paramedic to the scene.
"The ambulance service and the police attended.
"Rail services were shut down for several hours.
"The patient was taken by air helicopter to the major trauma unit at Newcastle's RVI.
"The person suffered multiple trauma injuries."