A DRIVER was seriously injured when he was hit by a taxi after he stopped his own vehicle when it struck a stray cow.
The 42-year-old got out of his Ford minibus after hitting the cow in the early hours of Sunday, October 30, on the A689 near Newton Bewley, on the outskirts of Hartlepool.
A Skoda Octavia taxi that was travelling in the same direction then smashed into the dead animal before colliding with the minibus driver.
The Middlesbrough man is said to have suffered serious injuries to his head, leg and hand when he fell to the ground at around 1.10am.
He is said to be in a comfortable condition in the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton.
Anyone who witnessed the incident, which closed a stretch of the A689 until almost 5am on Sunday, is asked to contact PC John Roberts, of the Roads Policing Unit, on (01642) 326326, quoting event number U198569.