A VAN driver is continuing to recover in hospital after suffering serious injuries in a crash on the Spine Road.
Emergency crews spent more than an hour working to free the 39-year-old from his mangled vehicle after it crashed into the back of a lorry which was stopped in the inside lane of the A189.
The road was closed in both directions to allow the rescue to take place, and for the Great North Air Ambulance to land on the carriageway.
The lorry had broken down just past the Three Horse Shoes roundabout just after 10am on Thursday, March 28, when the van hit the back of it at 10.09am.
A total of 14 firefighters from West Hartford community fire station used cutting equipment and a winch to rescue the driver after separating the two vehicles.
He was treated at the scene by paramedics and a doctor.
The driver of the van was taken to the RVI in a critical condition, which had improved to stable the next day, while the lorry driver was left uninjured from the incident.
Police officers are carrying out enquiries into the circumstances of the crash, and are appealing for any witnesses to contact them on 101 ext 69191.
The road was fully re-opened four hours after the accident.