A MAJOR road crash in Sunderland resulted in a woman being airlifted to hospital with serious injuries.
Three other people were also injured in the smash that happened on North Road, Hetton, half a mile from the junction with Hazard Lane.
Police, ambulance staff and 12 to 16 firefighters were called to the scene at 9.35am yesterday after a Rover, a Nissan Qashqai and a Vauxhall Astra collided.
The driver of the Rover was cut out of her car and taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle, by air ambulance, suffering from chest injuries.
Fire crews also cut out the driver of the Nissan, who was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital with injuries to the wrist and face.
The driver of the Vauxhall and a passenger of the car were able to escape their vehicle unaided, but were both taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital with suspected neck injuries.
Another passenger in the Vauxhall was unharmed. As a result the road was closed for more than three hours.
Police have yet to establish how the crash happened and are asking anyone who witnessed the incident to contact them.
Anyone with information should call Northumbria Police on 101 ext. 69191 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.