The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) was called to the A19 near the Washington junction after a collision involving a van and a lorry.
The van driver, believed to be in his late 20s, suffered lower limb injuries and was treated by the GNAAS doctor-led trauma team before being taken to hospital in Newcastle by road, accompanied by the aircew.
GNAAS worked alongside fire and rescue, ambulance personnel and the police. The air ambulance was called to the scene at around 2.45pm today.
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