A CYCLIST has died after an accident on a city street.
The 36-year-old was cycling along North Bridge Street in Monkwearmouth, Sunderland, when he came off his bike at the junction of Barclay Street.
A passer-by spotted the man, who is thought to have been cycling home from work in Newcastle, lying in the bus lane and called paramedics at about 7.20pm yesterday.
Emergency services rushed to the scene and the man was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital, where he later died of his injuries.
Police cordoned off the area while they carried out an investigation into the incident.
They remained on scene for several hours while they carried out door-to-door inquiries to piece together what happened.
A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: “The pedal cyclist was travelling south along North Bridge Street. A 36-year-old male was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital, where he later died.”
A North East Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “We got a call to say that somebody was lying in the bus lane. He was breathing, but unconscious. Paramedics worked to keep him alive, but he died of his injuries.”
Gary Collins, 45, of Dame Dorothy Street, was walking along North Bridge Street moments after the incident.
He said: “I saw all the flashing blue lights on my way back from a friend’s house and wondered what on earth was going on.
“I walked over to have a look and saw the ambulance driving off at some speed so I presumed something bad had happened.”
Madeline Dunn, 27, of Roker, added: “It looked really serious.
“There were about eight police cars here and there seemed to be more coming and going.
“It’s awful when you think about what happened.”
The name of the man is not yet being released by police.
Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 03456 043 043 ex 69191 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.