A BIKER is in a serious condition in hospital after a traffic smash.
The 48-year-old motorcyclist was riding on Hetton Road in Houghton near to the Burn Hotel when he collided with a Volvo car.
Paramedics arrived on the scene to treat the rider, who was then taken to the RVI in Newcastle, where he remains.
Doctors say he has sustained serious injuries in the crash.
The driver of the Volvo was left unscathed.
Police cordened off roads around Gillas Lane and Hetton Road as they dealt with the crash, which happened at 7.25pm on Monday.
The roads were re-opened hours later.