Motorcyclist critical after collision with van

A motorcyclist is in a critical condition after a collision near the Tyne Tunnel today.

The motorbike rider collided with a Post Office van at 6.50am on the A187 Times View Terrace, East Howdon, near the entrance of the pedestrian tunnel.

The rider, a man in his 40s, has been taken to the RVI in a critical condition. The van driver, a man in his 50s, suffered minor injuries.

The road was closed for several hours, causing delays for commuters using the Tyne Tunnel and surrounding roads.

Enquiries are being carried out to establish the circumstances of the collision.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 193 120614 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.