SIX people were rushed to hospital after a head-on car smash.
A black Vauxhall Vectra and a Ford Fusion were involved in a collision on the A179 flyover, in Hartlepool, next to the right-turn for the A19 north-bound slip-road, leaving those involved with neck injuries.
A fleet of six ambulances were joined at the scene of the crash, which happened at 10.35am yesterday, by two fire engines from Stranton Fire Brigade and a team of police officers.
The passengers from the badly damaged cars had to be helped out by firefighters and were seen sitting at the roadside with two of the injured lying in the grass verge.
When paramedics arrived at the scene minutes later several of them were stretchered into the waiting ambulances and they were taken to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton.
The accident happened at the same spot where town man Peter Tighe was killed last year.
Mr Tighe, 26, from St Mary’s Court, on the Headland, was a passenger in a Nissan Micra which collided with a wagon.
The emergency services were unable to provide the Mail with further details of the six passengers involved in the latest accident.
An ambulance spokeswoman said: “We were called to the accident, which was a non-life-threatening situation, yesterday morning.
“There were six casualties from two cars and they all suffered neck injuries.
“Some were unable to get out of the vehicles and they were eventually helped out by the fire service and taken to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton.”
A police spokeswoman confirmed there were no serious injuries and officers remained at the scene until the carriageway was safe for road-users.
Until that time, cars travelling from Wingate along the A179 into Hartlepool were either diverted onto the A19 northbound, or had to do a U-turn and head back the way they had come.