A three-year-old girl has sadly died after being fatally injured in a car and van crash.

The horror crash has left seven people seriously injured happened at about 2.30pm on Wednesday afternoon.

The A1086 Coast Road between Horden and Blackhall in County Durham was closed for a number of hours.

Police have confirmed a Blue Peugeot 206 which was travelling from Blackhall towards Horden collided with a sliver van which was heading in the opposite direction.

The girl who was a passenger within the Peugeot was sadly pronounced dead at hospital.

A 17-year-old girl sustained life-threatening injuries and was rushed to hospital where she is fighting for her life.

The driver of the Peugeot and all other passengers sustained injuries and required hospital treatment.

With the driver of the van suffering minor injuries.

Two air ambulances were dispatched to the scene and a total of seven people were taken to three different hospitals.

A spokesperson said previously: “We were called at 2.33pm to a serious road traffic collision involving three vehicles on the Coast Road on Milton Avenue in Blackhall Colliery.

“We dispatched 13 resources to scene and requested support from the Great North Air Ambulance Service, which also dispatched two helicopters.

“We have treated seven patients with significant injuries and all have now been conveyed to three hospitals in the area.”

Anyone who may have dashcam footage of the vehicles is also asked to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to call Durham Police on 101, quoting incident number 207 of September 2.