TWO teenagers are today fighting for their lives after separate motorbike crashes on Wearside.
A 15-year-old from Sunderland is in a critical condition in hospital after he crashed riding a bike in Carley Hill.
An 18-year-old also suffered life-threatening injuries when the bike he was riding careered out of control in Washington last night.
Both serious incidents happened within four hours of each other.
The first was at about 3pm, close to Carley Hill Education Centre. The teenager and a 12-year-old friend were riding a motorbike when they lost control and hit a lamppost in Emsworth Road, at the junction with Eyemouth Lane.
The 15-year-old was left critically injured. His friend suffered a broken leg and also remains in hospital.
A man passing the scene at the time said: “There were a lot of police and ambulances about, so we knew something serious had happened.”
It is not believed the bike was stolen, and rumours that the youngsters were being pursued by police at the time have been quashed by the Northumbria force.
At about 7pm, emergency services were called out to Barmston, Washington.
An 18-year-old man was riding a white GSM125 motorbike along Horsely Road, when he suddenly hit a kerb and came off.
He was taken to hospital by ambulance, and his condition today has been described as critical.
Police said they are yet to establish why the rider struck the kerb.
Officers are keen to speak to the driver of a small hatchback car, which was nearby when the bike crashed and may hold vital information.
Accident investigators are appealing for witnesses to either incident to come forward.
Anyone with information can call 03456 043 043, and ask for Sunderland Motor Patrols.