A SCHOOLBOY is seriously ill in hospital after being hit by a bus.
The 12-year-old, believed to be a Monkwearmouth School pupil, was struck by a northbound bus in Dovedale Road, Fulwell, at about 3.15pm yesterday.
He suffered injuries to his head, pelvis, chest and abdomen.
He was flown to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, where his condition is described as stable.
A helicopter from the Great North Air Ambulance Service landed in Mere Knolls Cemetery and air ambulance staff worked with paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service to stabilise the boy before he was placed on board for the six-minute flight to Newcastle.
Part of the street was still cordoned off this morning as Dovedale Road residents described what had happened.
A 50-year-old father of two, who did not want to be named, said: “We heard a bang, the noise of the bus and came out and saw the boy had been knocked over.
“I rang the emergency services and by that length of time the window cleaner at the neighbour’s had ran across and a woman as well. They were on the ground with him.
“Within a minute, the paramedics were here and then the air ambulance landed in the cemetery.”
A 78-year-old woman, who lives in the street with her 80-year-old husband, said: “I was in the kitchen and saw the bus had stopped and came out and saw the crowd.
“Then my granddaughter came in and told me what had happened.
“I hope the laddie is okay, it makes you feel sick thinking about what can happen.
I saw the glass in the bus window had gone. It must have in the collision.”
Anyone who witnessed the accident can contact police on 101 ex 69191.