Three-year-old girl dies after horror crash on County Durham road which left seven injured

A three-year-old girl has died after a car and van crash in County Durham. The horrific crash, which left seven people injured, happened at about 2.30pm on Wednesday on the A1086 Coast Road between the villages of Horden and Blackhall Colliery. A blue Peugeot 206, which was travelling from Blackhall Colliery towards Horden, collided with a silver van that was travelling in the opposite direction.

The little girl, who was a passenger in the Peugeot, was later pronounced dead at hospital. A 17-year-old girl also sustained life-threatening injuries and was taken to hospital, where she remains.

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The Peugeot driver and other passengers all sustained serious injuries and were taken to hospital for treatment. The driver of the van was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Two air ambulances were called to the scene and it is believed some of the injured people were treated at the scene before being taken to hospital. A total of seven people who had suffered serious injuries were taken to three different hospitals. Police officers closed the road for a number of hours to allow collision investigators to work at the scene.

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Officers would now like to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision, or who saw the vehicles being driven in the area beforehand.

Anyone who may have dashcam footage of the vehicles is also asked to come forward. Anyone with information is asked to call Durham Constabulary on 101, quoting incident number 207 of September 2. A North East Ambulance Service spokesperson said previously: “We were called at 2.33pm to a serious road traffic collision involving three vehicles on the Coast Road on Milton Avenue in Blackhall Colliery.

“We dispatched 13 resources to scene and requested support from the Great North Air Ambulance Service, which also dispatched two helicopters. “We have treated seven patients with significant injuries and all have now been conveyed to three hospitals in the area.” Cones had been put in place across the road with drivers turned away from using the 40mph stretch.

Police vehicles and ambulances were seen heading to the crash site throughout Wednesday afternoon.

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