Woman suffers spinal injuries in three-car smash in Sunderland

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A woman was left with spinal injuries after a three-car crash at the bottom of Hylton Road at the weekend.

Fire-fighters had to cut the victim free from her Honda Civic car at 1pm on Saturday following the shunt.

The woman was then put onto a special spinal stretcher before paramedics took her to Sunderland Royal Hospital for treatment.

The road was closed for a short time and city-bound traffic was diverted onto Deptford Road.

An investigation into the cause of the accident is under way.