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Man on mobility scooter in 'serious' condition after bus collision in Newcastle city centre

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A man on a mobility scooter has been rushed to hospital in a "serious" condition after being knocked over by a bus in Newcastle city centre .

Blackett Street was closed for almost two hours following the collision at about 4pm on Tuesday.

The man, whose age is not known, suffered serious head injuries and has been taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI).

Emergency services flooded the area within minutes, with access to adjacent Newgate Street and Percy Street closed to traffic.

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Paul McIntosh, senior investigating officer with Northumbria Police , said:

There has been a collision which happened outside of Next at about 4pm.

There's been a gentleman on a scooter travelling across the road and there's been a collision with a double-decker bus.

The public and police were here very soon to help him as best they could. He's been taken to the RVI where his condition has been described as serious.

We have a team of police officers here who are busy taking measurements and getting as much evidence from the scene as possible."

– Paul McIntosh, Northumbria Police
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One bystander described walking along Percy Street when collision investigators rushed past him to get to the scene.

Investigators were seen taking pictures and measurements, laying markers and examining the mobility scooter.

A North East Ambulance Service spokesperson confirmed they were called to the scene just before 4pm.

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The service dispatched a double-crewed ambulance, a rapid response paramedic vehicle, two hazardous area response teams and a trauma paramedic car.

Queues of traffic formed on Gallowgate and Percy Street during rush hour, and the road was reopened just before 6pm.