A CABBIE was taken to hospital after a town centre crash.
The roof had to be cut off a yellow Skoda Octavia to free the driver, who was complaining of neck and back pain.
The smash with a blue Vauxhall Meriva happened at the junction of Park Road and Osborne Road, in Hartlepool, at 11.38am yesterday.
Both roads were closed for more than an hour as emergency services worked to get the cabbie into a waiting ambulance before the road was able to be cleared.
The taxi driver was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton.
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “There was a two-vehicle collision that caused the roads to be closed as the vehicles were blocking the carriageway.
“The fire brigade cut the roof off the taxi as the driver complained of neck and back pain, and he was taken to hospital.”
She added that no-one is thought to have been seriously hurt in the incident.