Emergency services remain at the scene of a two-vehicle crash near Newcastle.
Just after 9.30am this morning (Wednesday 31 October 2018), emergency services were called to the intersection of Church Street and Maitland Road at Mayfield, following reports a motorcycle and a car had collided.
The rider, a man aged in his 50s, was treated at the scene before being taken to John Hunter Hospital with serious head injuries.
The male driver of the car was uninjured and is currently assisting police.
Officers from Newcastle City Police District, with assistance from the Crash Investigation Unit, have established a crime scene and are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.
Church Street and Maitland Road are closed, and a number of traffic diversions are in place. Motorists are urged to avoid the area and check www.livetraffic.com for the latest information.
As inquires continue, anyone with information or dashcam footage from the area, is urged to come forward.