A MOTORCYCLIST suffered serious injuries after he fell from his bike.
The accident happened around 6am on the B1285 Times Inn Bank in Dalton-le-Dale.
A 20-year-old Seaham man riding a white Generic 125cc motorcycle suffered a number of internal injuries and a broken collarbone.
He was taken to the James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough, where his condition has been classed as serious.
It is thought the rider, who had set off for work around 15 minutes earlier had turned right onto Times Inn Bank when for some reason he fell from his machine as he travelled towards Seaham.
Anybody who witnessed the accident or may have seen the bike on that stretch of road is asked to contact police on 101.