A driver suffered severe head injuries and a passenger is in hospital in a ‘critical’ condition after a car snapped in two in a horror smash into a tree in Hartlepool this morning.
Emergency services were sparked into action after the collision at on Belle Vue Way, on the A689 in the town, at 12.50am this morning.
The 32-year-old male driver suffered severe head injuries and is currently in a stable condition at James Cook University Hospital.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash to come forward.
The vehicle collided with a tree on the central reservation on the route - with the force of the crash so strong that the car was split in two.
A male passenger suffered fractures to both legs and a broken arm.
He is also being treated in James Cook University Hospital and is described as being in a “critical but stable” condition.
The roof of the red Mark One Honda Civic was tore off with the car ripped in two from the engine compartment - with the two parts of the vehicle 70 metres apart.
The driver and his passenger were placed on spinal boards and transported to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.
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 in the town, said: “Two crews attended along with the police and paramedics.
“The crash occurred near to the Stag and Monkey pub.
“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 tore off and the car was split in two from the engine compartment.
“When we arrived the two parts of the car were 70 metres apart.
“We were at the scene for about an hour.”
A North East Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called to the scene at 12.52am. 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.”
Anyone who believes they may have witnessed a red Honda Civic in the Hartlepool area around the time of the collision or anyone who may have witnessed the collision itself is asked to contact PC Mark Pearson from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit on the non-emergency number 101, quoting event number 204570.