Two people remain in 'critical' condition after motorbike smash in South Shields

Emergency services at the scene of the accident on Wednesday.
Emergency services at the scene of the accident on Wednesday.

A motorbike rider and pillion passenger remain in a “critical but stable” condition after a horror smash in South Tyneside.

The man and woman were airlifted to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary after the crash with a car on the Coast Road, near Marsden Grotto, South Shields on Wednesday afternoon.

It emerged yesterday that quick-thinking builders used fenceposts to lift a car off two motorcyclists before the emergency services arrived on the scene.

Builders Gary Costello, Liam Johnson and John O’Brien were laying decking in the nearby Lizard Lane caravan park when the accident occurred.

Gary, 34, said: “We didn’t see the crash because we were in the caravan park, but we heard it.

“There was a screech and then a bang. We ran out to see what had happened and there were two people caught under the car.

“There was a guy on the phone to the ambulance service and they advised us to try to get them out from under the car, so that’s what we did.

“They were trapped under the wheel, so we lifted it up with some posts off the decking that we were using.

A North East Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “Although this isn’t something we would expect from members of the public, or recommend for other members of the public, their actions allowed us start our treatment much quicker and get them to hospital sooner than might have otherwise been the case.”