A driver had to be cut out of her van after it rolled down a 60 foot embankment and crashed on to a beach 20 feet below.
The car came off Blyth Road in Whitley Bay at 00:45 on 2nd January. The driver was taken to hospital but her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
Dave Bell, from the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade, said that had it not been for a dog walker raising the alarm, things could have been very different.
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