A CYCLIST remained in a critical condition today after a collision with a van at a busy road junction.

The 41-year-old rider was crossing the junction of the B6317 Stella Road and Haugh Lane, in Blaydon, Gateshead, when he was struck by the white DAF box van.

It is believed the unmarked van was turning from Stella Road into Haugh Lane when the collision took place, during the morning rush hour, on Monday.

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The cyclist, who is from the Ryton area, west of Gateshead, was thrown to the ground from his bike and suffered lower body, internal and head injuries.

He was taken to Newcastle General Hospital with "potentially life threatening" injuries, and his condition today was said to be "critical".

The van driver, a 62-year-old man from Chester-le-Street, County Durham, was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and was questioned by police.

He was later released on bail which he must answer later in the year, following a full police inquiry into the incident.

Any witnesses to the accident, shortly after 8am, are asked to contact Northumbria Police's Whickham Motor Patrols section, on 03456-043043, extension 64540 or 69191.