A trapped passenger was taken to hospital with suspected back injuries after being cut free from a car following a road accident in Hartlepool.
Two crews from Stranton Fire Station were called out to Cleveland Road after a vehicle left the road at about 1.30am this morning.
Three of the four occupants were able to exit the vehicle after it came to a halt in waste ground near to the highway.
No other vehicle was involved in the incident.
Fire crews had to cut off the roof of the car to free one stricken passenger.
He was then placed on a stretcher board and taken to hospital for treatment for suspected spinal injuries.
Fire fighters remained at the scene for about an hour.