TWO women sustained suspected broken legs after a two-car smash off the A19.
A 45-year-old woman who had been driving a Ford Fiesta had to be cut free from her vehicle, with firefighters removing the doors to her car so the crew and paramedics could lift her free.
A woman in her 20s who had been in a VW Golf also involved in the crash had managed to get out of the vehicle, with paramedics establishing she had also suffered suspected fractures when they checked her other.
A man, also aged in his 20s, who had also been in the Golf, was helped from the car by people who had been passing the scene and was found lying on the ground complaining of back injuries when the emergency services arrived.
All three were taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital for treatment.
The sliproad from the southbound A19 was closed by police as they managed traffic around the site and motorists diverted to the Murton turnoff.
The road was reopened by around 4pm.
Anyone who witnessed the collision can call police on 101.