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County Durham three-car collision leaves woman critical

Car overturned
Image caption The carriageway was closed in both directions

A woman is in a critical condition in hospital following a three-vehicle collision on the A19 in County Durham.

Durham Police said it was believed a VW Polo had collided with a Ford Ka and a Mini Cooper at about 10:30 GMT.

The Great North Air Ambulance said the woman, 59, needed surgery and a blood transfusion by the road and was flown in a critical condition to hospital.

Police said one person had been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.

Five others were also taken to hospital. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The carriageway was closed in both directions between the A179 near Sheraton and the A181 near Wingate.

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