A WOMAN has died after a car crash on a busy dual carriageway.
The two-car collision happened at 12.10pm on the A690 westbound carriageway at East Rainton.
The driver of one of the vehicles, a woman aged 81, was taken to North Durham Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Next of kin are being informed and there are no further details at the current time.
The driver of the other vehicle was not injured.
The road was closed for around three hours while emergency services dealt with the collision and to allow for investigation to take place.
Police are appealing for any witnesses to the collision to contact them on 101 ext 69191, quoting reference 435 29/08/14.