A man was seriously ill in hospital last night after a bizarre accident outside a garage forecourt.
The man, 46, whose name has not been released, was on foot when he collapsed at the entrance of EW Motor Services, Delves Lane, Consett, at about 10.25am on Saturday.
As he lay on the ground, a motorist in a Citroen left the forecourt, failed to see him and drove over his legs. The victim managed to struggle up after being run over.
But shocked onlookers - including the Citroen driver - who rushed to provide assistance - said he seemed to be in a confused state. The man was rushed to North Durham's University Hospital, where his condition began to deteriorate. He was transferred to Newcastle General Hospital, where last night he was described by police as in a "stable but in a life-threatening condition".
A spokesman for Durham Police said his condition was caused by a brain injury, possibly a haemorrhage, which had caused him to collapse in the first instance.
The man also suffered bruising to the legs from where the Citroen's nearside wheel had driven over him, but these injuries were not thought to have caused his deteriorating condition.
* A MOTORCYCLIST died in hospital on Saturday, a month after a road accident near his home.
Henry White, 31, a married father-of-two, of Coronation Street West, Murton, near Seaham, County Durham, suffered head injuries in a crash with a Citroen Xantia car on Times Inn Bank, Seaham, on January 18.