FIREFIGHTERS had to cut the roof off a car to free the injured driver after the vehicle left a road and crashed into a barrier.

Emergency services were called to the collision, involving a Vauxhall Zafira, at about 7.40am today on the A165 in Scarborough, near the South Cliff roundabout.

A North Yorkshire fire service spokesperson said fire crews, along with police and ambulance staff, released the male driver who was trapped by stabilising the vehicle and then removing the roof.

"The male, aged mid-40s, was then transported to hospital by ambulance with spinal injuries," the spokesperson added.

A police spokeswoman said that the man suffered injuries to his lower leg.

There was another crash on the A165 at around the same time.

Police were called at around 7.50am about a collision involving a Fiat 500, Vauxhall Corsa and Volkswagen Caddy at Lebberston, between Scarborough and Filey.

The spokeswoman confirmed no injuries were reported.