A COUPLE have been seriously hurt after they were hit by a filing cabinet which fell off a passing flat bed van.

The accident happened at around 11.18 this morning as the man and woman were walking across Redheugh Bridge, Newcastle.

A spokesman for Northumbria Police said it received a report from the ambulance service that the pair had been hit by a filing cabinet falling from, what a witness described asm, a passing white flat-bed van.

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Both were taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary where their injuries are described as serious but not life threatening.

A search has begun for the van involved and anyone with information about the incident or who witnessed it should call Northumbria Police on the 101 non-emergency number, quoting log number 464 of today.