A CYCLIST was airlifted to hospital suffering with serious head injuries after being involved in a smash.
The 26-year-old cyclist came off his push bike after being involved in a collision with a Renault Scenic close to Hartlepool town centre.
Emergency services rushed to the scene of the incident at the junction of Osborne Road and Lister Street to help the man.
The Great North Air Ambulance whisked him off to hospital after landing on the site of a former health centre in nearby Caroline Street.
He was quickly taken to James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, with serious head injuries and was stable on arrival.
Police confirmed the driver of the car, a 42-year-old woman, will be summoned to appear in court charged with driving without due care and attention.
A spokesman for the air ambulance said: “The Great North Air Ambulance was called to assist road crews with a male that was involved in a road traffic collision between his push bike and a car.
“After assessment and treatment on scene from our doctor he was transferred to the helicopter in the road vehicle as we had to land a few streets away on the site of the old health centre.”
He was flown from the scene to the hospital in just five minutes.
The junction was closed off by police while yesterday’s incident was ongoing and was re-opened to the public at 1.20pm.
A spokesman for Cleveland Police said: “We were called to a road traffic collision between a push bike and a car at 11.45am.
“The driver has been reported for summons for driving without due care and attention.”
Hartlepool Fire Brigade also attended the incident to help the air ambulance gain access to the landing site, in Caroline Street.