A WOMAN was airlifted to hospital suffering from suspected back injuries after a three-car smash on a busy road.
Rush-hour traffic was disrupted and vehicles diverted after the crash on the A178 Seal Sands Road, on the outskirts of Hartlepool.
The Great North Air Ambulance (GNAA) attended the incident and flew the 37-year-old Billingham woman to James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, where she was said to be in a stable condition.
A GNAA spokesman said: “The Great North Air Ambualnce was called to a three-vehicle road traffic collision.
“We treated a female with multiple injuries and flew into James Cook University Hospital, the flight took just four minutes.
“She is in a stable condition and we wish her a speedy recovery.”
The woman was said to have suffered back injuries, but was conscious at the scene.
The crash involved a blue Audi, a grey Citroen Xsara and a white Citroen Berlingo.
The incident happened around 4pm yesterday and the road was closed for four hours as police investigated the incident and the road was cleared.
Three fire engines attended the incident, including the emergency tender from Hartlepool’s Stranton Station and appliances from Billingham and Stockton.
Traffic across the town was heavier than usual as drivers were forced to take alternative routes to avoid the accident.