A man in his late 80s has been rushed to hospital after he was hit by a car on Monday (October 25) morning in Darlington.

Emergency services attended the A167 North Road at around 7.20am following reports of a serious one-vehicle collision.

The road was closed for several hours to allow police officers and paramedics to attend the scene, while severe traffic queues were spotted on North Road as drivers battled to get into the centre of Darlington. 

The road reopened at around 9.30am.

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Three police cars and one ambulance were spotted at the scene, and Arriva bus services were temporarily diverted down Longfield Road.

Normal services have resumed since.

Following the collision, Durham Police and the North East Ambulance Service have confirmed that a man in his late 80s was hit by a car. 

A spokesperson for the police force said: "Police were called shortly after 7.20am this morning (Oct 25) to reports of a one-vehicle collision in Darlington.

"It involved a Vauxhall Corsa which was travelling along North Road.

"A man in his late 80s has been taken to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough with a suspected hip injury."

A spokesperson for the North East Ambulance Service added: "We were called at 7.14 to a road traffic collision involving a car and a pedestrian on North Road, Darlington.

"We dispatched a double crewed ambulance and transported one patient to James Cook Hospital." 

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