Police were forced to close a main town centre road in South Shields after a three-vehicle smash.
The road was closed to traffic while police carried out their investigations.
Police say there were “minor but no serious injuries” and an investigation “is continuing.”
They are currently keen to speak to the driver of a Skoda Fabia who was in the area but left before they could speak to him.
Anyone with information to the collision or the whereabouts of the driver is asked to contact police on 101 quoting log number 1016 2/19