A FIRE engine crashed on its way to cut a driver out of his vehicle yesterday morning.

The engine was travelling through Darlington as it responded to a call to remove a man from a car that had crashed close to the Old Farmhouse pub on Yarm Road.

Before it could reach the scene of the initial accident, it collided with a blue Volkswagen Golf, also travelling along Yarm Road.

The incident, which happened at about 7.25am, saw the female driver of the Golf taken to Darlington Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

The Northern Echo:


The County Durham and Darlington Fire Service (CDDFS) said their thoughts were with the lady and her family.

CDDFS’ group manager John Walkden said: “At 7.25am two appliances from Darlington fire station were mobilised to reports of a road traffic collision involving two vehicles and one person trapped.

“Both were proceeding along Yarm Road when one was involved in a collision with a private vehicle.”

Other fire appliances were sent to the original accident after the crash.

The fire service will conduct an internal investigation into the incident.

Any witnesses to the crash involving the fire engine are asked to contact Darlington Police on 101.

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