A COACH driver is critically ill after the car he was in collided with trees on a busy road this morning.
Emergency services were called at around 6am after the Stanley man crashed into three trees and a sign post before coming to rest by the side of the A693.
The car, which was extensively damaged, has now been recovered and the road has been reopened.
A spokesman for Durham Constabulary said the driver was taken to University Hospital of North Durham and his condition is classed as ‘critical’.
The spokesman said: “The casualty was a coach driver who was on his way to work.
“It’s thought he may have taken ill at the wheel, his car then collided with a tree.
“Police are asking anyone who was on the road and may have seen the black Jaguar at any time before it crashed to contact the collision investigation unit on 0191-375-2159.”
Two appliances have attended an RTC near Beamish. One casualty has been extricated by FRS personnel using hydraulic cutting equipment.— CDD Fire and Rescue (@CDDFRS) March 31, 2017