Minibus driver hurt on A698 in Hartlepool in cow crash

A driver was struck by a vehicle when he got out of his minibus after hitting a cow on a Teesside road.

The man was on the A698 Stockton Road, Hartlepool, when his Ford Minibus hit the animal which had wandered onto the road just after 01:00 GMT on Sunday.

The 42-year-old got out of his minibus to check on the cow, which died, and was hit by a Skoda Octavia taxi.

He suffered serious head, hand and leg injuries and is in a "comfortable" condition in hospital.

Cleveland Police said the 58-year-old taxi driver was not hurt. The force is appealing for witnesses to the crash to come forward.

A stretch of the A698 was closed for four hours, police said.

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