A MAN suffered head injuries after he was hit by a bus on a busy Sunderland road.
The impact left the Stagecoach E6 bus with a smashed windscreen.
A bumper at the front of the bus also appeared to have come off as a result of the collision.
The man was walking near St Peter’s Metro Station on North Bridge Street, when the incident happend.
The bus lane was closed to traffic while emergency services treated the injured man.
A spokeswoman for the North East Ambulance Service said: “We received a call at 10.45am to see that a gentleman had been hit by a bus.
“When we got there he appeared to be about 20 years of age.
“He had head injuries as a result of the incident.
“By 11.10am we pre-alerted Sunderland Royal Hospital and took him into the hospital.
“The man wasn’t fully concious, and there was a second patient who was on the bus at the time of the incident who was in shock who we also took to Sunderland Royal.”
John Conroy, managing director of Stagecoach North East, said: “We are conducting an internal investigation into the incident, and are working closely with the police as they conduct their enquiries.
“As such we are unable to comment further at this time, but would however like to wish the gentleman involved a full and swift recovery.”
A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “Police received a report of a pedestrian being struck by a bus on North Bridge Street, in Sunderland.
“The bus lane has been closed.”
The incident happened shortly before 11am yesterday.
The bus lane on North Bridge Street was re-opened just before 1pm.