Appeal after man seriously injured in collision with bus in Sunderland

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was left with serious injuries following a collision with a bus in Sunderland city centre.

Emergency services including Northumbria Police, North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) and the Great North Air Ambulance (GNAAS) were called to Borough Road shortly before 2pm on Wednesday, January 25, 2023.

It was reported a bus was travelling down John Street when – for reasons yet to be established – it collided with a male pedestrian.

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Emergency services attended the scene and the man – aged 68 – was taken to Royal Victoria Infirmary with serious injuries.

Northumbria Police has said he remains in hospital in a critical but stable condition. The driver remained at the scene and assisted officers with their enquiries.

The road was closed at the junction with John Street before reopening early on Wednesday evening.

An investigation has since been launched and officers are appealing for witnesses and those with dashcam footage which may help officers understand the circumstances surrounding the collision.

Sergeant Michael Parnaby, of Northumbria Police’s Motor Patrols Department, said: “This was a very serious collision which has left a man with serious, potentially life-threatening injuries.

Borough Road is cordoned off

“An investigation is now well underway to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident.

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“We are urgently appealing to anyone who witnessed what happened or who may have relevant dash cam or CCTV footage to contact us immediately.

“If anyone has information which may assist our investigation, please get in touch.”

Witnesses or anyone with information that could help should contact Northumbria Police via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page at or by calling the non-emergency 101 line and quoting NP-20230125-0566.

The bus was travelling down John Street when the incident happened.
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A police cordon was in place.