A WOMAN has been airlifted to hospital after being trapped under a car.
A MECHANIC used a jack to free a woman after she was hit and trapped under a car in Sunderland city centre.
The 47-year-old was left with a suspected fractured shoulder after the crash in Villiers Street South just after 9am yesterday.
A mechanic from nearby High Street Tyres freed the woman from under the bumper of the Peugeot 107.
Emergency services – including firefighters, police, paramedics and an air ambulance – were scrambled to the scene, and the victim was airlifted to hospital.
Watch manager Alan Patterson, of Sunderland Central fire station, said: “She was trapped under the front of the car, and the man from the tyre place lifted the car up and moved her.
“He moved her a couple of feet away from the car. She had a lot of abrasions on her stomach and feet.
“We assisted the paramedics to cut off her clothes and give her first aid.”
The woman was then flown by the Great North Air Ambulance to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, where her condition is described as stable.
A spokesman for the air ambulance said: “After assessment and pain relief from our doctor at the scene, the patient was flown to hospital.”
The road was closed in both directions until 11.40am.
Witnesses, or anyone with information, are asked to call 101 and ask for Northumbria Police’s motor patrols unit.