A mum waiting for a bus describes the moment she saw, and heard, a man hit his head off pavement in Stockton High Street.
Carer Adele Hardwick, 25, was at the bus stop over the road from The Clock Tower pub, in the town centre, when she witnessed what she describes as a one-punch attack around 7.15pm on Saturday.
The incident left the victim laid out, partly on the pavement and partly on the road, and he was eventually taken to the Major Trauma Centre at James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough.
The mum-of-one said: “I work as a carer and I was waiting at the bus stop with one of my clients.
“I saw a commotion over the road and one man was acting quite agitated.
“He punched a guy, who fell over and hit his head off the floor.
“The noise of that happening was awful.”
Adele, from Primrose Hill, in Stockton, believes the person responsible ran off, and then a crowd of people gathered around the victim who was lying on the ground.
“He was punched to the face, it was one punch,” she claims. “It was an awful thing to see.
“I would have gone over to intervene myself but I was with my client who is vulnerable so I had to stay where I was.
“It did look really bad and I could see it was pretty serious the amount of time he was laid out for.”
The man’s condition is currently unknown.
The incident did not only shake up Adele, but also other people in the bus queue.
She said: “There was a girl who looked maybe 16-years-old and she was in hysterics.
“Even all the way home on the bus she cried hoping that the man was going to be OK.
“People on the bus were reassuring her saying the emergency services would be helping him.”
Teessidelive has yet to receive an update on the matter from Cleveland Police.
A section of the road was cordoned off by police and forensics while pub revellers and members of the public went about their business.
The area remained taped off for several hours while investigations were conducted by scenes of crime officers in white suits.
The cordon had been removed by Sunday morning.
A North-east Ambulance spokeswoman confirmed the man had been taken to the Major Trauma Centre at James Cook – which is described on the South Tees NHS Trust’s website as a unit to deal with “significant” injuries.