A FOUR-CAR crash left a 45-year-old in hospital with serious injuries at the weekend.
Accident investigators are appealing for witnesses after the smash shortly before 12am on Saturday February 9 on the A693 at Beamish near the entrance to the Top Gun paintball centre.
The vehicles involved were a Mercedes Sprinter, a Nissan Navara, a Renault Megane and a Suzuki Swift.
The first three vehicles were heading east on the A693 when the Navara and the Megane slowed down to allow another vehicle to turn right into the paintball centre.
The Sprinter then collided with the rear of the Navara which pushed it into the Megane and the Navara then crossed the centre line of the road and collided head-on with the Suzuki which was heading in the opposite direction.
The 45-year-old man driving the Suzuki Swift, who is from Stanley in County Durham, was airflifted to Newcastle RVI for treatment to a broken right arm, a broken pelvis and a broken ankle.
The drivers and passengers of the other vehicles, including two young children who were in the Renault Megane were unhurt or suffered minor injuries with none needing hospital treatment.
Witnesses are urged to contact the accident investigation unit on 0191 375 2159.