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 Pedestrian is seriously injured after collision with van in Blackhill


​A PEDESTRIAN has been seriously injured following a collision with a van.


A man in his 60s suffered serious head injuries following the incident in Blackhill, near Consett this morning.
Just before 9.15am, police were alerted by the ambulance service to the incident, which happened close to The Cricketers pub at the junction of Durham Road and Laburnum Avenue.
Both roads were closed for approximately two hours while emergency services treated the victim and to allow accident investigators to examine the scene.
A crew from the Great North Air Ambulance, who had landed in the nearby Blackhill and Consett Park, airlifted the patient to the Royal Victoria Infirmary, in Newcastle, for treatment, although his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
The driver of the vehicle involved, a Ford Transit van, was not injured.
A spokesman for Durham Constabulary said: “This is a fairly busy area at that time of the morning and we would appeal for anyone who witnessed the incident to get in touch.
“We would also like to take this opportunity to thank drivers and residents for their patience during this morning’s disruption”.
Anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to ring Durham Constabulary’s Road Policing Unit on 101, quoting reference 0094 of November 6.