TWO women have been killed and three people injured in a serious road smash.
They died after the cars they were driving collided in Shotton Colliery yesterday.
Three cars were involved in the smash in Front Street, which took place shortly after 6pm.
The 18-year-old driver of a Fiat 500 and a 60-year-old driving a Citroen Zara both suffered fatal injures.
A MG ZR was also involved in the collision. The 22-year-old man who was driving escaped unhurt.
A 19-year-old woman, who was a front seat passenger in the Fiat, was left with massive internal injuries and is being treated at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, where her condition is described as extremely critical.
A woman aged 33 and a 13-year-old girl, who were passengers in the Citroen, are in a stable condition in Middlesbrough’s James Cook hospital.
Police believe all those involved are from the East Durham area.
The road was closed for five hours while fire crews from Peterlee, Seaham and Wheatley Hill stations used specialist cutting equipment to free the women.
Officers from Durham Constabulary Collision Investigation Unit are now appealing for any witnesses to the smash to come forward.
Anyone who saw the collision, or has any information, is asked to call the unit on tel. 375 2159.