A biker was fighting for his life and his pillion passenger remained seriously injured in hospital last night after their motorbike was involved in a crash with a car in Northumberland.
The man, believed to be in his 50s, suffered multiple “life-threatening” injuries and was airlifted to hospital following the accident on the A696 near Kirkwhelpington yesterday.
The woman, also believed to be in her 50s, was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
Police confirmed a 35-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing injury by dangerous driving and was quizzed by road accident specialists. It comes just after warnings were issued over the dangers of riding motorbikes on the region’s roads.
A local councillor last night claimed police had been targeting speeding bikers on the A696 following complaints.
Yesterday’s accident happened on the road at Knowesgate, close to the Knowesgate Inn, at 10.50am. The man and woman were travelling on a Honda motorbike which was in collision with a Ford Focus.
St John Ambulance was first to arrive and was soon joined by the Great North Air Ambulance and Northumbria Police. The man was anaesthetised by a doctor before being flown to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.
The woman was taken to the same hospital by road ambulance. The A696 was closed by police, with traffic diverted via the A68. It reopened at 3.15pm.
Earlier this year, Northumberland County Council announced it was to put up signs warning motorcyclists to take care on roads where police have received reports of dangerous riding.
Coun John Riddle, whose division covers Knowesgate, said: “The police have been targeting the A696 for speeding, particularly at weekends.
“They have been targeting Belsay and the whole of the A696 with speed checks because of complaints about speeding motorcyclists.”
A police spokesman said: “At 10.52am on Sunday, August 18, police received a report of a collision between a car, a Ford Focus, and a Honda motorcycle on the A696 at Knowesgate.
“Officers attended the scene and the A696 was closed with traffic diverted on to the A68.
“A man and woman, believed to be in their 50s, who were on the motorbike, have been taken to the RVI with serious injuries. A 35-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing injury by dangerous driving.
“Police are appealing for witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to contact motor patrols on 101.”