Two people were left fighting for their lives after a horror crash that left a car smashed into two pieces.
The driver suffered severe head injuries and a passenger is in hospital in a ‘critical’ condition after the car smashed into a tree in Hartlepool.
The collision happened in Belle Vue Way, at 12.50am yesterday.
The 32-year-old male driver suffered severe head injuries and was in a stable condition at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.
A male passenger suffered fractures to both legs and a broken arm and was also being treated in James Cook University Hospital. He is described as being in a “critical but stable” condition.
The vehicle collided with a tree on the central reservation – with the force of the crash causing the car to be split in two.
The roof of the red Honda Civic was torn off, with the car ripped in two from the engine compartment – with the two parts of the vehicle 220ft apart.
A Cleveland Police spokesman said: “Police are appealing for information after a collision in which a red Honda Civic collided with a tree and the vehicle split into two.”
Crew manager John Stubbs, from Stranton Fire Station, said: “One car was involved and there were two casualties.
“We didn’t have to cut the men out of the car as the roof of the car was cut in half, with severe damage to the roof and the front of the vehicle.
“The roof of the car was torn off and the car was split in two from the engine compartment. When we arrived the two parts of the car were 220ft apart. We were at the scene for about an hour.”
A North East Ambulance Service spokesman said: “A rapid response vehicle was at the scene within two minutes and two other ambulances attended.
“The passenger in the car suffered a number of broken bones and the driver was taken to hospital with significant head injuries.”
Witnesses should contact Pc Mark Pearson, from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, on 101, quoting event number 204570.