Six people were taken to hospital following a traffic smash involving a seven-tonne lorry today.
Police were called to the scene by the ambulance service ay 8.45am this morning to Waldridge Road, Chester-le-Street, following a four-vehicle collision.
A black Mercedes C220, a Chevrolet Spark, a 7.5 tonne lorry and a Suzuki Swift.
Six people were injured, with three taken to the RVI in Newcastle.
The driver of the Mercedes, a 72-year-old man, suffered head injuries, while his female passenger suffered minor injuries.
The 87-year-old female passenger of the Chevrolet suffered serious chest injuries.
The driver of the lorry, Chevrolet and Suzuki were described as “walking wounded” and did not require hospital treatment.
A Durham Police spokeswoman said officers believe the Mercedes collided with the Chevrolet and then collided with the lorry.
It is thought that the Suzuki was cuaght up in the aftermath of the crash, however, this is still being investiagated.
The road reopened at 12.15pm.