A MAN was cut free from his car after a smash in County Durham.
A Vauxhall Corsa hit a tree off the Coast Road between Blackhall and Horden shortly after 9pm on Tuesday.
It is thought the 22-year-old man, from Hartlepool, was driving on the A1086 towards Horden when the accident happened.
Firefighters from Peterlee station used specialist equipment to free the victim. He was taken by ambulance to North Tees Hospital with spinal injuries.