A Hartlepool pensioner has been airlifted to hospital after being struck by a piece of lifting machinery in Hartlepool.
The Great North Air Ambulance flew to the 71-year-old's aid after he suffered back injuries in the incident near Hartlepool Power Station this morning.
He was treated at the scene before being transported to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough via the air ambulance helicopter.
His condition is described as stable.
A GNAA spokesman confirmed: "At 11.15am today the Great North Air Ambulance Service was called to Hartlepool, near the power station, where a 71-year-old man had sustained back injuries after being struck by a piece of lifting machinery.
"He was treated on scene then airlifted to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.
"The flight took five minutes and the patient was stable on arrival."