Police are hunting a hit-and-run driver who fled the scene of a crash which left three people needing hospital treatment in Hartlepool.
Cleveland Fire Brigade was called to a two-vehicle collision in Wiltshire Way shortly before 6pm on Saturday.
Two people escaped from one of the cars themselves and a firecrew from Stranton fire station removed the roof of the vehicle to release a man.
A North East Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: "We were called at 5.50pm and sent two vehicles.
"There were three casualties, two walking wounded and one with back injuries.
"All three were taken to North Tees Hospital."
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: "Enquiries are continuing to trace a vehicle which left the scene."