Two young motorbike riders were hospitalised on Tuesday following a collision in Nicosia.

The crash happened around 5pm on Amathoustos Street, in Dali, according to police information, when the 18-year-old woman driving the motorbike lost control, in conditions under investigation, and hit the guard rail resulting in the bike overturning.

The 18-year-old passenger as well as the driver were injured in the accident and were taken by ambulance to Nicosia general hospital. Doctors on duty determined that the driver had suffered a severe brain injury.

The young driver, who was intubated and underwent surgery, is in critical condition in the ICU. The second 18-year-old, who was also kept for care, has been deemed stable and her health condition is out of danger.

Police are investigating the cause of the accident.