FIREFIGHTERS had to cut a man free from the wreckage of a car that crashed into a lamppost.
The Skoda Octavia skidded off West View Road, in Hartlepool, shortly after 9pm on Sunday.
The fire brigade was called as the man was trapped in the car, which had span off the road near to the Wok Inn.
Two crews from Hartlepool and two from Stockton used hyrdaulic cutting equipment to free the man before handing him over to paramedics, who took him to hospital.
Both carriages of the road were closed by police during the rescue operation.
A spokeswoman for the North East Ambulance Service said: “We received a call from the police about an incident in West View Road, in Hartlepool.
“The patient was still trapped in the car when we arrived and was in the process of getting cut free from the vehicle.
“He was dazed and concious.
“The patient was then transported to the University Hospital of North Tees by ambulance.”