A woman was taken to hospital after an ambulance responding to an emergency call was involved in a crash with a car near Sunderland Royal Hospital.
The accident involving the North East Ambulance Service rapid response car happened just before 12.20pm on the A183 Chester Road, at its junction with Kayll Road and Ormonde Street.
The road was blocked by the accident, and the driver of the other vehicle involved, a Mini, had to be cut from the car by the fire service.
A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “At 12.18pm today, police received a report of a two-vehicle collision on the A183 Chester Road at the junction with Kayll Road.
“An ambulance had been in collision with a Mini. A woman was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries."
The road was closed for about an hour while police, the fire brigade and the ambulance service attended the scene.
Bus services were diverted, but the road was full re-opened by about 1.30pm.
A spokesman for the North East Ambulance Service said: "Just after 12.15pm one of our rapid response vehicles with a paramedic on board was dispatched to an incident from Sunderland Royal Hospital.
"He was involved in a road traffic collision with another vehicle. One patient in the other vehicle has minor injuries; our member of staff was uninjured.
"An ambulance was sent to the scene and took the patient to Sunderland Royal Hospital."
An investigation into the accident is underway.