THREE people were rushed to hospital after a three-car crash on a busy road.
Emergency services were called to a smash involving a red Fiat Punto, a grey Fiat Punto and a green Vauxhall Zafira on the A689 near to the Owton Lodge pub, in Hartlepool.
Four ambulances attended the scene at around 1.15pm yesterday and three people were taken to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton.
One person is believed to have suffered neck injuries, but no further details have been released. Police briefly closed one lane.
A North East Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “One ambulance actually came across the accident and the crew pulled over and raised the alarm.
“Four crews attended the scene and three patients were taken to hospital.”
It came after a teenage motorcyclist was taken to hospital with leg injuries after a separate crash. The 18-year-old who was riding a red Honda bike suffered the injuries after a collision with a blue Jaguar car.
The incident happened at the junction between Park Road and Stockton Road, in Hartlepool, just before 10.15am yesterday.
Police and paramedics attended the scene and the motorcyclist was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, by ambulance.
The driver of the car escaped the crash unhurt.
Part of the road had to be closed while the scene was cleared and a fire crew from Stranton Fire Station cleared a fuel spillage.
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “We received reports of a crash between a red Honda motorbike and a blue Jaguar car at 10.12am.
“An 18-year-old motorcyclist had come off his bike.
“An ambulance attended and the man was taken to hospital.”
A North East Ambulance Service spokeswoman added: “An ambulance arrived at the scene at 10.35am and a male, who was 18-years-old, was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, with leg injuries.”