A MOTORIST is fighting for his life in hospital after his car crashed into a lamp-post on the A19 dual carriageway in the early hours.
The 24-year-old man, from Hartlepool, was in a critical but stable condition at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough after the smash.
It happened around 12.30am yesterday, 300 yards south of Easington services and caused the carriageway to be closed for four hours.
The man was driving a Peugeot 206 which left the road on the northbound carriageway and collided with a lamppost.
Police say he was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries and his condition was described as critical but stable.
A Durham Police spokesman said: “Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious collision on the A19.
“The one-vehicle collision happened at 12.30am on Friday, 300 yards south of the Easington services.
“A Peugeot 206 left the northbound carriageway and collided with a lamppost.
“The police, fire and ambulance service attended the scene and the road was closed for four hours.”
Two fire engines from Peterlee Fire Station were sent to the incident and crew members had to cut the man from the wreckage.
A spokeswoman for the North East Ambulance Service said: “We got the call at 12.32am and we were on scene at 12.37am.
“Our Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) also attended and we took one casualty to James Cook University Hospital.
“The patient was poorly.”
Fire crews spent an hour at the scene and diversions were in place via the A182 at Easington during the road closure.
Anyone who witnessed the collision, or saw the Peugeot 206 prior to the crash, is asked to call police on 101.
1 TWO women were injured in a two-car collision at a busy junction.
The collision happened at the Warren Street lights, in Horden, close to the junction with Yoden Way, in Peterlee.
Firefighters helped the two middle-aged women from a Renault Clio onto stretchers as they were complaining of neck pain.
The crash also involved a Nissan Micra and it is not thought that the occupants of the Micra were seriously hurt.
Police, fire and ambulance services attended the incident at around 12.45pm yesterday.
The women were taken by ambulance to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton.