THREE firefighters have been taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries after a fire engine crashed on Tuesday evening.

The fire engine overturned on the roundabout at Billingham Bottoms at around 9pm.

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It had been one of five fire engines that had been called out to an emergency incident in Middlesbrough.

Out of five firefighters on board, the fire service said two escaped with no injuries but three had sustained non-life threatning injuries and were taken to the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton.

A Cleveland Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said: "The welfare of our staff is paramount and an internal inquiry has commenced to determine the cause of the accident."

The fire service later confirmed that all involved were in a 'comfortable' condition and were continuing to be supported by families, colleagues and the fire service.

One firefighter suffered a broken wrist, another suffered a broken collar-bone and a third firefighter sustained broken ribs.

She said: "We would like to thank Cleveland Police and North East Ambulance Service and our crews for their professionalism and efficiency in dealing with this incident, and extend thanks to the public for their support and good wishes.”