STUNNED passers-by today told how a mum and her toddler twins were left injured in the road after a motorbike hit their buggy.
The 18-month-olds, a boy and girl, were being pushed across City Road in Doxford Park when the Suzuki bike collided with them.
The twins, named locally as Logan and Amy, were taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital, where the boy remains in a serious condition.
Amy was transferred to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary and is today fighting for her life.
The 26-year-old mum and the 30-year-old biker were also taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital for treatment.
Sophia Bearman, who works in the nearby Oak Tree pub, passed the incident just minutes after it took place.
The 25-year-old said: “It was horrific. It must have just happened because the ambulance hadn’t arrived yet and the woman was stood just looking on at the motorbike, which was at the side of the road.
“I had my two young nephews in the back and I had to try and distract them and tell them not to look out because it was just that awful.
“I watched the whole thing unravel and there were about seven police cars there with all their lights flashing and ambulances. It was terrible.”
The mum had been pushing the children over the road close to the junction with Camberwell Way when the accident happened.
One of the children was understood to have been thrown from the buggy.
City Way was closed for three-and-a-half hours while road traffic officers carried out investigations.
The incident has led to calls for a pedestrian crossing or other road safety measures to be put in place.
Gemma Geddes, 23, of Farringdon, crosses the road to take her daughter, Tiesha, three, to nursery.
She said: “It’s terrible to think about. I walk over that road every day and it’s always so busy. Really there should be a pedestrian crossing or something there to slow the traffic down and help people across the road.”
Sarah Passwell, 30, of Moorside, added: “I couldn’t believe it when I heard what had happened.
“It’s absolutely heart-breaking to think about, especially because I’ve got a son that’s about the same age. My thoughts are with the family.”
Lisa Wallbank, 28, added: “I really think there should be some sort of crossing there because at the moment there’s nothing and this is a dangerous road.”
Richard Heath, 61, of Moorside, regularly walks along City Way with his dogs. He said: “That road is really bad and there aren’t any proper crossings there, just an island half way across the road.
“Unfortunately, it usually takes something like this for something to be done.”
Any witnesses to the incident, which took place at 9.50am, are asked to contact police on 101 ex 69191.