Teenager taken to hospital after being knocked down in Sunderland

The Great North Air Ambulance in a field off Newcastle Road.
The Great North Air Ambulance in a field off Newcastle Road.

A 16-year-old boy has been taken to hospital after being hit by a car in Sunderland.

A spokesman for Northumbria Police, said: "At 11am police were informed a pedestrian, a 16 year old boy, had been hit by a car in Newcastle Road in Sunderland.

"Emergency services are currently at the scene. The boy is being taken to hospital, the extent of his injuries are not yet known but are not believed to be life-threatening."

The incident happened in the region of Sunderland Greyhound Stadium and the road was closed in both directions.

The North East Ambulance Service sent two rapid response vehicles and an ambulance to the scene, before it then called in the Great North Air Ambulance.

Its helicopter landed in a field nearby and took the boy to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle suffering from chest, pelvis and legs.

His condition was described as serious at the time of the incident and was assessed as stable when he arrived at hospital just six minutes after he was lifted from the scene.