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.