Person freed as fire crews cut roof off car following smash

Fire crews cut off the roof of a vehicle to free a trapped person following a three-vehicle crash.

Emergency services were called to Yarm Road, in Stockton, after reports of a crash involving three vehicles. Cleveland Police[1] closed off the major road in both directions to traffic, urging motorists to avoid the area, while the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) and Cleveland Fire Brigade[2] descended on the scene.

Images taken from the scene show the crumpled aftermath of the collision, with two vehicles being recovered from the scene while police guarded the road. NEAS, which sent a rapid response paramedic and a double-crewed ambulance to the incident, confirmed that one person was taken to hospital.

Traffic was extremely slow around the area while emergency services dealt with the incident, but returned to normal just before 5pm.

One eyewitness told Teesside Live that two of the cars involved in the crash were stationary and claimed that the person in the moving car said they “couldn’t stop.” However, this has not yet been confirmed by authorities.

The vehicles being recovered
The vehicles being recovered

A Cleveland Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “We were called on 03/04/2023 at 2.52pm to a road traffic collision on Cranbourne Terrace in Stockton[4]. A three-vehicle RTC with one trapped. A person was extricated by crews and the roof was removed. The North East Ambulance Service was at the scene. We left at 3.37pm.”

A North East Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called to a three-vehicle road traffic collision on Yarm[5] Road, Stockton at 2.49pm this afternoon. We dispatched a rapid response paramedic and a double-crewed ambulance. One patient was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees[6].”

At the time, a Cleveland Police spokesperson said: “Due to a collision, Yarm Road in Stockton is closed in both directions between Northcote St and Richardson Street. Please avoid the area. Thank you for your patience in advance.” Teesside Live has contacted the force for further information.


  1. ^ Cleveland Police (
  2. ^ Cleveland Fire Brigade (
  3. ^ LIVE: Major Stockton road closed in both directions as emergency services attend three-vehicle crash (
  4. ^ Stockton (
  5. ^ Yarm (
  6. ^ University Hospital of North Tees (

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