MEDICS say a 15-year-old boy has been lucky to escape serious injury after he was struck by a HGV lorry and dragged more than 150 feet down the road.
The collision took place at around 3.35pm on, Monday, February 9, on the A689 westbound at the junction of Greatham High Street.
The 15-year-old male pedestrian, from the Greatham area, was airlifted to James Cook University Hospital.
He is currently in a stable condition and his injuries are not believed to be life threatening.
Stuart Thompson, a Great North Air Ambulance Service paramedic, said: “We arrived on scene and the boy was still stuck underneath the vehicle.
“We worked with the Ambulance Service paramedics to get him out of there.
“He had sustained suspected head and abdominal injuries, so the treatment on the roadside was all about protecting his head, back and pelvis.
“Considering what had happened and the scene as we initially found it, it is remarkable that he was not more seriously injured.
“He has been incredibly lucky.”
Any witnesses are asked to contact PC Andy Overton from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit on the non-emergency number 101, quoting event number 22486.