A MAN had to be cut free from a motorised trike which crashed shortly after he bought it.
The 62-year-old had travelled from Newcastle to Wingate to buy the three-wheeled 1600cc vehicle when he was involved in a collision.
Two crews from Peterlee Fire Station had to use electrical saws to free the man, who was trapped between a garden fence and the bike.
The man was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, for treatment to a broken leg.
Watch manager Peter Brown said: “The man had just bought the trike after seeing it advertised.
“He lost control of it and ended up crashing it into a garden and suffering a suspected broken leg.
“He was trapped as his right leg was caught between the fence and his bike.”
The incident happened in Williamson Square around 11.15am yesterday and firefighters spent 45 minutes at the scene.
A spokeswoman for the North East Ambulance Service said: “We were called just after 11.30am yesterday to a report of a 62-year-old man involved in an accident with a trike.
“He was breathing and conscious at the scene and refused the offer of air transport to hospital. He was taken by ambulance to the University Hospital of North Tees.”