Lucky escape for driver and pedestrians

The scene of the smash in Percy Street.
The scene of the smash in Percy Street.

A DRIVER and two pedestrians had a lucky escape after a vehicle smashed into four parked cars.

Emergency services rushed to Percy Street, Hartlepool, after a black Vauxhall Vectra smashed into the row of parked cars, which were then forced forward before hitting a shocked elderly woman and a man who were stood on the pavement.

The smash left the 34-year-old driver trapped in the car, which also crashed into a lamp-post on a path in the street.

Firefighters rushed to the scene and cut off the roof to get the driver out, before he was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton by ambulance.

Emergency services say he only suffered “minor injuries”.

The two pedestrians also avoided serious injuries in the drama, at around 10.15am yesterday, but paramedics say the elderly woman was taken to hospital as a precaution.

Police were forced to close the road briefly while the clear-up operation was taking place after the smash.

A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “We were called to Percy Street, in Hartlepool, after a crash involving a black Vauxhall Vectra and four parked cars.

“The Vectra had crashed into the parked cars which then shunted forward and hit the pedestrians on the pavement.”

A North East Ambulance Service spokeswoman added: “We received reports of a road traffic collision in Percy Street at 10.16am and arrived at the scene at 10.20am.

“A male driver and a female pedestrian were both taken to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton.”

Jason Wood, watch manager at Stranton Station, said: “The Vectra had collided with parked vehicles in the street and the driver was trapped in the car.

“We had to extricate him from the car before he was taken to hospital.”