Driver hurt in late-night smash

The Oxford Road crash. Picture by Jon Hare

The Oxford Road crash. Picture by Jon Hare

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A MAN was cut free from his car with suspected spinal injuries after he was involved in a two-vehicle smash.

The 25-year-old driver was travelling in a white Vauxhall Corsa when it was in collision with a grey-coloured Ford Focus car in Oxford Road at the roundabout near to Kingsley Avenue, in Hartlepool.

Firefighters, police and paramedics rushed to the incident at 11.20pm last night.

Ambulance crews believed the Corsa driver had suffered suspected spinal injuries so fire crews used cutting equipment to get him out of the car.

He was then taken to the James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough. His condition today was not known at the time the Mail went to press.

A woman passenger in the Ford Focus was treated at the scene for shock.

Stranton Fire Station’s watch manager Jason Wood said: “We cut the driver of the Corsa out of the car on the advice of the paramedics who believed he had possible spinal injuries.

“We removed the car from around him, instead of removing him from the car to keep him as still as possible.

“He was taken to hospital while a woman passenger in the other car was suffering from shock and was treated by paramedics at the scene.”

“We left around 12.30pm.”