An elderly man has been taken to hospital after being cut free from a car following a three-vehicle crash on the A19 in Northumberland.
Emergency services were called to a collision between a van and two cars on the northbound carriageway near Annitsford shortly before 8.30am on Friday.
Police closed the road between Holystone Roundabout and Moor Farm Roundabout with traffic tailing back for two miles during rush-hour.
Paramedics requested support from the fire service after an elderly man was trapped inside one of the cars.
Firefighters from Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service 's special rescue unit cut the patient free.
A spokeswoman said: "We took the call at 8.47am and dispatched appliances from Tyne and Wear and West Hartford as well as a special rescue unit.
"One man has been extracted from a vehicle and has been passed on to paramedics at the scene."
Paramedics carried out treatment at the scene before taking the man, believed to be in his 60s, to Cramlington Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
A North East Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: "We were called at 8.25am to a three-vehicle road traffic collision on the A19 approaching Moor Farm Roundabout.
"We dispatched a double-crewed ambulance and transported one male patient, approximately in his 60s, with non-life-threatening injuries to Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington."
No-one else involved in the crash was in need of treatment.
The incident caused severe delays for motorists with police diverting traffic via the A1056 to Backworth.
The A19 northbound reopened to traffic again at around 10.45am, more than two hours after the incident occurred.