A driver had to be cut from the wreckage of their vehicle and another was rushed to hospital after an early morning crash.   

Emergency services, including the Great North Air Ambulance, and Cleveland Fire Brigade, were called to the A178 Seaton Carew Road/Tees Road at around 7am following reports of a serious collision.    

As a result of the collision, the A-road was closed in both directions from B1277 Brenda Road to A1185.

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Police were on the scene preventing motorists from entering the area.

At the time of the collision, a spokesperson for Cleveland Fire Brigade said: "Cleveland Fire Brigade was called at 7.06am to an RTC involving a HGV and one car. Two appliances from Stockton Station and one appliance from Billingham Station are in attendance.

"One person has been extricated by fire brigade personnel and taken to hospital by ambulance, a second casualty was taken from the incident by air ambulance." They said they assisted the driver of the HGV from the vehicle and extricated a casualty from the car.”

A North East Ambulance Services spokesperson said: "We received a call at 7.03am this morning to reports of a road traffic incident on Tees Road, Hartlepool. We dispatched one ambulance crew, one clinical team leader, two specialist paramedics, and one crew from our Hazardous Area Response Team (HART).

"We also requested support from our colleagues at the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) who attended via air and road. One patient was taken by road to the University Hospital of North Tees for further treatment."

However, this afternoon, Cleveland Police has issued an appeal for information on the collision, which notes that they attended the collision involving a HGV and a Nissan X-Trail around 7am on Tees Road, Hartlepool.

A spokesperson for the police force said: “The 30-year-old male driver of the Nissan X-Trail was taken to James Cook University Hospital, where he remains whilst receiving treatment.

“The road was closed whilst officers carried out enquiries but has now been reopened.

“Officers are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the incident or the manner of driving of the vehicles involved, or anyone with dash cam footage, to contact them on 101, quoting incident number 192721.”

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