A TEENAGER was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after being knocked over by a bus.
The 16-year-old suffered a serious leg injury after the crash at the junction with Philadelphia Lane and Success Road, Herrington.
Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAA) Guardian of the North helicopter landed on grass nearby and treated the injured teen, watched by shocked onlookers drinking outside the nearby Philadelphia pub.
The teenager was treated by a GNAA doctor before being flown to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, arriving eight minutes later.
He is still being treated at the hospital.
Bar worker Ashley Docherty had just started her shift at The Philadelphia pub when the accident happened.
The 19-year-old, from Hall Farm, said: “I heard he was walking up the road and a bus hit him.
“I heard the helicopter coming down and saw all the people outside and wondered what was going on.
“He was in shock and tried to stand up, but he couldn’t because his leg was badly hurt.
“A couple of our customers were outside and heard him squealing and loads of people came over from the medical centre nearby.
“There was a lot of police and ambulance and the road was closed off.”
A woman living in Success Road heard the helicopter coming down shortly after 5pm on Thursday.
The 53-year-old, who did not want to be named, said: “I didn’t see anything, but I heard all the noise.
“I was worried it was one of my sons, so my husband went out for a look.”
A Northumbria Police spokesman confirmed officers were called to the scene minutes after the air ambulance landed.
He said: “At 5.06pm, police received a report of a crash involving a bus and a pedestrian on the A182 Philadelphia Lane in Houghton.
“The air ambulance attended and a 16-year-old boy was taken to the RVI with a foot injury.
“The injury is not described as being life threatening and he remains there getting treatment.
“The road was closed for three hours.”
The driver of the bus was not believed to be injured.