A WOMAN was cut free from a car after a collision on the A19 this morning.

Multiple emergency services were called to the northbound carriageway at the A179 Hutton Henry turn off, just south of Peterlee in County Durham.

The alarm was raised at around 10.20am.

The road was closed following the collision between a Nissan Qashqai and a Mercedes.
The woman was freed by crews from County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service.

A spokesman for the service said: "Two private motor vehicles were involved in a collision. 

"From this incident we released one casualty. 

"A female adult was extricated from the vehicle." 

North East Ambulance Service said three casualties were taken to the University Hospital of North Tees for treatment by road.

The Great North Air Ambulance attended the incident as a precaution.

Acting Inspector Dave Clarke, of Durham Constabulary, said: "One vehicle crossing the carriageway has collided with another.

"People have been taken to hospital but their injuries are not believed to be serious at this time.

"We took all necessary precautions by closing the road and we would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding."