TWO women were taken to hospital following a two-car collision at an accident blackspot.
Three fire crews and paramedics were called to Mainsforth Terrace, close to Newburn Bridge, in Hartlepool, after a crash involving a Volkswagen Golf and a Ford Ka.
Officers from Stranton Fire Station had to cut a 22-year-old woman free from the Ford Ka and she was rushed to James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, suffering from suspected head injuries.
The woman had been the back-seat passenger in the car, and another woman, also in her 20s, who was front-seat passenger, was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, suffering from minor injuries.
The driver of the car, a woman thought to be in her 40s, and a father and daughter in the Volkswagen, were said to be unhurt.
The road was closed for around an hour in both directions while firefighters dealt with the incident at just before 8pm on Saturday.
The occupants of the Ford Ka are believed to have been from Newcastle.
A North East Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We took two patients to hospital.
“We took one to North Tees and their condition was not thought to have been serious. “A 22-year-old female who had been unconscious was a back-seat passenger was agitated and we pre-alerted James Cook hospital as she had suspected head injuries.”