A GRANDMOTHER was left fighting for her life after she was hit by a motorbike in a road crash.
An air ambulance was scrambled to South Hetton Road in Easington Lane, after the 77-year-old woman was hit by the motorbike.
The woman, believed to be from Easington Lane, sustained serious head injuries in the accident, shortly after midday yesterday.
The Great North Air Ambulance flew to the scene, where a doctor and paramedic anaesthetised the woman.
She was then taken to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough for treatment, with the journey from the crash site to the hospital taking about 10 minutes.
The two people on the bike - the rider and passenger - were injured in the collision and were taken to hospital for assessment, although their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
The road was closed between the junctions with Queen Elizabeth Drive and Elemore Lane in Easington Lane for several hours following the smash as emergency services worked to cleared the area.
Diversions were put in place.
Police officers are appealing for witnesses to the crash to contact them.
Anyone with information should call Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191, quoting reference number 487 20/05/14.