Pensioner airlfited to hospital with severe injuries after smash

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A PENSIONER was airlifted to hospital with “severe” head injuries after a road smash.

The 69-year-old man from Trimdon Grange was involved in the accident on the A689, near Sedgefield.

He had to be cut from the vehicle he was travelling in by firefighters and was then flown to the James Cook University Hospital by the Great North Air Ambulance (GNAA).

A GNAA spokesman said: “The Great North Air Ambulance was called to assist the ambulance service at a road traffic collision on the A689 near Sedgefield.

“The patient was assessed and treated by the aircrew doctor and paramedic before being extricated and then flown to hospital.

“He had suffered severe head injuries and arrived at hospital in a stable condition.”

The crash happened at around 5.30pm on Tuesday, April 23.