A 74-year-old driver was airlifted to hospital after his car careered into a house in Cramlington yesterday (Monday) afternoon.
Emergency services were called to the incident in Horton Drive where a vehicle had left the road and headed through a rear garden before crashing into a wall.
The family inside the house were shaken but not injured.
The driver was stabilised at the scene by paramedics before being taken to the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, Cramlington, by the Great North Air Ambulance Service helicopter.
A spokesman for the air ambulance said: “He was treated on scene by the doctor-led team and transported to hospital in a critical condition.”
A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “At 5.07pm on Monday, we received a report that a car had crashed into a house in Horton Drive in Cramlington.
“Police, fire and ambulance attended and the driver of the car was taken to hospital in a critical condition. It is believed that he took ill at the wheel before leaving the road.
“No one inside the house was injured and there are structural engineers are at the property to assess the damage.
“A section of the road was closed for a short time.”