A woman is in a critical condition in hospital after her motorbike collided with a bus stop in East Rainton.
The bike is believed to have hit a bus stop close to Angelo’s, in Durham Road, at about 5.25pm yesterday.
Police are appealing for witnesses after the collision, which saw the motorbike leave the road and collide with the bus stop opposite Green White Mini Spares, for reasons not yet established.
The Great North Air Ambulance was called to the scene to treat the rider – a woman in her 40s – along with paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service.
She was taken to the RVI, in Newcastle, where she is in a critical condition.
Mum-of-four Michelle Hopps, 48, said the motorbike is believed to have lost control and hit the brick bus stop and thrown the rider over a fence.
She said: “I saw the air ambulance come over the house and I came out and someone said the bike had hit the bus stop.
“I hope the rider is going to be OK.”
A North East Ambulance Service spokeswoman said; “We were called out at 5.25pm (yesterday).
“We sent out an ambulance and a HART (Hazardous Area Response Team) crew.
“The rider was airlifted to Newcastle’s RVI Hospital around half an hour later.”
Officers are carrying out inquiries into the incident and are appealing for any witnesses.
Witnesses should ring Northumbria Police on 101, quoting reference 892 050616.