UNITED in grief, friends have laid floral tributes after two drivers were killed in a horror smash.
The collision, between a white Fiat 500 car and a yellow Citroen Xsara, happened on Front Street in Shotton Colliery at about 6pm on Sunday.
The driver of the Fiat, who was confirmed dead at the scene, was 18-year-old Rebecca Learoyd, from Shinwell Crescent in Thornley.
The Citroen driver was Anne Peachey, 60, from Kell Crescent in Sherburn Hill, who was confirmed dead on arrival at the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.
A 19-year-old female passenger in the Fiat, also from Thornley, suffered serious injuries and remains in a critical condition in Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.
Two passengers in the Citroen, Mrs Peachey’s 33-year-old daughter Joanne and 13-year-old granddaughter Adele Harland, are still in the James Cook Hospital where they are being treated for non-serious injuries.
Police believe the Fiat was travelling in the same direction as a third vehicle, a grey MG ZR car.
The MG driver, a 22-year-old man from Wingate, was unhurt, but has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
Anyone with information is asked to ring the collision investigation unit on 375 2159.