Police are appealing for information after a van was involved in a collision with a house wall in South Tyneside.
The accident happened around 12.15am on Friday, November, on the A183 Coast Road in Whitburn.
Police say that, for reasons yet to be established, a van left the road and collided with the garden wall of a house.
Emergency services attended and both the driver, a 35-year-old man, and passenger, a 22-year-old woman, were taken to hospital with serious injuries.
The woman is described as being in a stable condition.
The driver is said to be in critical but stable condition.
Officers are carrying out enquiries into the collision and are keen to speak to any witnesses.
Any witnesses to the collision are asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 09 271115.