Pensioner airlifted after smash

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A PENSIONER had to be airlifted to hospital after a three-vehicle smash at a busy junction.

The 78-year-old man was driving a red Kia Picanto, when he was involved in the crash with a blue Fiat Punto and a heavy goods vehicle in Marsh House Avenue, at the junction with Seal Sands Road, in Billingham.

The emergency services were called to the crash at 10.40am today and the Great North Air Ambulance was scrambled to the scene to transport the injured pensioner to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.

He is said to have suffered chest and abdominal injuries which are not thought to be life-threatening.

A spokesman for the air ambulance said he was in a “stable” condition when arriving at hospital.

The lorry driver and the driver of the Fiat Punto escaped uninjured.

Police closed the road until around 1.20pm and firefighters were called to clean up an oil spillage.