A CYCLIST was airlifted to hospital in a critical condition after an accident at a disused quarry.
The casualty, who is understood to be in his 30s, suffered life-threatening head injuries when he fell off his bike while riding at Fulwell Quarry Local Nature Reserve.
Paramedics were called to the site, a popular spot for mountain bike enthusiasts, shortly after 2pm on Tuesday.
It is believed the rider was discovered unconscious.
After landing at the scene, the doctor-paramedic crew gave emergency treatment to the cyclist, and he was flown to the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) in Newcastle where he is understood to remain in a “serious condition”.
A spokesman for the Great North Air Ambulance said: “We responded to a quarry where a male had sustained life-threatening head and facial injuries.
“He was given a general anaesthetic on scene by the doctor-paramedic crew and flown in a critical condition to the RVI. Road paramedics also attended the scene and worked with the helicopter crew.”
The site, also known as Witherwack Quarry, is popular with walkers and nature enthusiasts.