Baby girl among three dead in County Durham crash

  • 25 April 2012
  • From the section Wear
Crash scene
The road was closed during the afternoon

Three members of the same family, including a one-year-old girl, have died in a head-on collision between a lorry and a car in County Durham.

Another family member was also seriously injured in the crash on the B1404 between Houghton-le-Spring and Seaham at about 12:20 BST.

As well as the baby girl, a 75-year-old man and a woman aged 18 died.

The lorry driver, a 42-year-old man, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

'Very traumatic'

The Great North Air Ambulance service said it had flown the injured woman, 74, to the regional trauma centre at Middlesbrough's James Cook University Hospital.

Her injuries have been described as life threatening.

The lorry came to rest in Sharpley golf course, on the fairway of a hole where some police officers were playing.

Simon Weightman, the owner of the golf course, said the crash happened on a stretch of road with a 60mph speed limit, and there had been a number of crashes in the area.

The lorry came off the road and went through two hedges and up an embankment before ending up on the 15th fairway, 250m from the spot of the impact.

Mr Weightman said: "Some golfers playing that hole turned out to be detectives and they were very quickly on the scene of the crash.

"I got a quick glimpse of the car but it was very traumatic to see it.

"Golfers who saw it came off the course. They could clearly see it was awful."

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