EMERGENCY services were called after a car collided with a stationary van on a busy road.
Firefighters from Peterlee Fire Station, police and paramedics were all called to the A1086 Coast Road at Blackhall Colliery at 12.45pm on Saturday.
It is believed a Hyundai car collided with a parked Ford pick-up van, injuring the male driver of the car.
It was initially reported that he was trapped in the vehicle, but that was not the case and by the time firefighters arrived he was being treated by paramedics.
Crews from Peterlee made the vehicles safe by disconnecting the power supplies, while the injured man was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton.
The extent of his injuries are not known, but they are not thought to be life-threatening.
A spokesman for Peterlee Fire Station said: “By the time we arrived the paramedics were treating the driver.
“We made the vehicles safe by disconnecting the power supplies.”
A spokesman for the North East Ambulance Service confirmed a rapid response vehicle and ambulance arrived at the scene at 12.44pm.
He added: “The initial report was that the man was trapped, but that was not the case.
“He was transported to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton.”
The road was closed in both directions for a few hours while the vehicles were recovered, but was re-open by around 4pm.