Hunt for driver after accident

The scene of the accident on Eskdale Road, Hartlepool.
The scene of the accident on Eskdale Road, Hartlepool.

POLICE are hunting a motorist who left a vehicle flipped on its side and fled the scene.

Residents in Eskdale Road, in Hartlepool, said it was lucky no-one was nearby when the Landrover flipped on to its side and was left in the middle of the road.

No-one was hurt, but shocked neighbours said it was fortunate it was during the school holidays when the incident happened just before 9am yesterday.

One neighbour, who did not want to be named, told the Mail: “It could have been a lot worse.

“If it was term time and the children were walking to school you never know what could have happened.

“We got quite a lot of kids from playschemes walking down this way as well on trips, but luckily they weren’t passing by either.”

Police rushed to the scene, but when they arrived the driver had fled.

A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “We received a call at 8.55am reporting a vehicle on its side in Eskdale Road, in Hartlepool.

“We attended, but the driver had fled the scene before police arrived.”

Firefighters at Stranton Fire Station were also alerted of the incident and were required on the scene to clear up a fuel spillage.

Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call Cleveland Police on the non-emergency 101 number.