Motorcyclist taken to hospital after crash in Houghton

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A MOTORCYCLIST has been taken to hospital with what is thought to be a serious leg injury after being thrown from his bike in a collision with a road sign and a car in Houghton.

The crash happened at about 10.30am on Tuesday on the A182 Hillside Way roundabout with the A690 Durham Road.

Crash between a motorbike and car on the A182 Hillside Way at Houghton.

Crash between a motorbike and car on the A182 Hillside Way at Houghton.

The motorbike was on its side on the grass verge and a grey Toyota Yaris, which had heavy front-end damage was close by.

Several police vehicles, an ambulance and a fire engine, from Rainton Bridge, were at the scene after passing firefighter Simon Vickery alerted emergency services.

“The car and the bike have collided and the motorcycle has hit the sign and come to rest over there,” Mr Vickery said. “Unfortunately he’s suffered quite an injury.”

The Echo understands that the driver of the Yaris was unhurt.

A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: “Police received a report of a collision on the A182 in Houghton.

“At around 10.30am on Tuesday, May 20, officers attended the scene where a motorbike and a car collided on the A182 at Hillside Way at the roundabout under the A690.

“A 21-year-old man was taken to hospital with injuries described as serious but not life threatening at this time. The road is now fully open. “

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, quoting reference 365 of 20/05/14.