Police appeal for witnesses after scooter rider suffers serious injuries in Hartlepool crash

The Great North Air Ambulance.
The Great North Air Ambulance.

Police have launched an appeal for witnesses after a road crash which left a scooter rider with serious injuries.

The 46-year-old Lambretta rider was trapped under a Vauxhall Corsa after being involved in a collision with the vehicle at about 4.15pm yesterday on Tees Road.

Police closed the Tees Road in both directions at the southbound Seal Sands roundabout while the man was freed.

The man was taken to James Cook University Hospital with internal injuries and a fractured vertabrae.

He is currently described as being in a ‘stable and comfortable’ condition at the hospital.

Cleveland Police would like to trace any witnesses to the collision, and in particular the driver of a black pick-up vehicle, possibly a Mitsubishi, which was believed to have been in front of the Corsa.

Crews from Hartlepool Stranton attended the scene, as well as paramedics and the air ambulance.

Watch manager Phil Summers said: “We had to use airbags and stabilisation equipment to lift the car and put the man on a spinal board.”

A spokesman from the air ambulance said: “GNAAS were tasked to assist at a serious road traffic collision. A male scooter rider was reported to be trapped under a car.

“He was anaesthetised at scene and given blood by the trauma team before being transferred the short distance to James Cook University Hospital by road ambulance.”

Any witnesses are asked to contact PC Amanda Stokes from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit on the non-emergency number 101, quoting event number 111138.