LATEST NEWS: Crash victims’ family speak of “enormous loss”

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THE devastated family of three people killed when their car was involved in a horrific crash with a truck told today of their “enormous loss”.

Destiny Reed, 14-months-old, her mother Natalie Simpson, 18, and the baby’s great-grandfather Robert Reed, 75, died on Wednesday afternoon after the silver Renault Scenic Megane was in collision with a Volvo lorry.

Margaret Reed, Robert’s wife, was in the front passenger seat and is in a critical but stable condition in the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.

The 42-year-old Hetton man who was driving the truck was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has been released on bail pending further inquiries.

In a statement released through Durham Constabulary today, the grieving relatives of the crash victims said: “The families of Robert Reed, Natalie Simpson and Destiny Reed are devastated by what has happened.

“No words can describe how we are struggling to come to terms with our enormous loss.”

They added their thanks to the emergency services and to the team who are continuing to care for Margaret.