Witness appeal to late-night smash

The scene of the rta at the junciom of Upper Church Street and Stockton Street last night. Pictures by Tom Collins.
The scene of the rta at the junciom of Upper Church Street and Stockton Street last night. Pictures by Tom Collins.
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POLICE are appealing for witnesses to a late-night car crash that saw a 15-year-old taken to hospital.

Four people were rushed to hospital after being involved in the dramatic smash in Upper Church Street, Hartlepool, involving a black Peugeot and a silver Renault.

Three out of the four people involved had to be cut free from the cars, before they were all taken to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton.

Officers investigating the collision are now urging anyone who saw the incident at 10.30pm on Thursday, June 7, to come forward.

The Hartlepool Mail reported how firefighters had to cut the door off the Peugeot in order to free the male driver before they cut the roof off the Renault in order to free the driver and front seat passenger.

A third person was removed from the Renault before all four were taken to hospital, with some transported on spinal boards.

The road was closed for around an hour while emergency services dealt with the smash.

A spokeswoman for the North East Ambulance Service said all four, including a 52-year-old man, had been taken to hospital suffering from a mixture of “non-life threatening injuries”.

Any witnesses to the collision are asked to contact PC Andrew Pitts, at the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, on the non-emergency 101 number, quoting reference 103759.