A driver had to be cut free from a car after it crashed into a garden wall of a home, missing the house by inches.
The collision happened just before 8.40pm yesterday, when the Renault Laguna struck the wall around a house at the junction of Grange Road and Linden Grove in Hartlepool.
Firefighters from Stranton Fire Station arrived to find a man who had been a back seat passenger had managed to get himself out and was uninjured, but discovered the 26-year-old driver trapped.
The crew used cutting equipment to remove the roof and put him onto a spinal board.
The motorist, aged in his 20s, was conscious and complained of pain in his legs, back and head.
Once transferred to an ambulance, he was taken to the James Cook University Hospital, where he was kept overnight after being treated for chest and shoulder plan.
Watch manager Ian Brown said: “It was a large wall and there was quite a lot of debris around and there was substantial damage to the car.
“We managed to get access to him and used our hydraulic cutting equipment to take the roof off.
“There was also a lot of damage to the front of the house.
“Luckily no one was in the front room because the window was smashed out because the bricks from the wall had hit the house.”
Police are investigating the collision and have appealed for information.
Any witnesses are asked to contact Pc Sharon Smith from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit on the non-emergency number 101, quoting event number 134472.