Tyne & Wear

County Durham death crash family 'struggling with loss'

Crash scene
Image caption The crash led to a closure of a section of the B1404

Relatives of an extended family killed in a head-on collision in County Durham have said they are struggling to come to terms with the deaths.

Robert Reed, 75, his 14-month-old great grand-daughter Destiny Reed and her mother Natalie Simpson, 18, partner of Mr Reed's grandson, died on the B1404.

The group, from the Houghton-le-Spring area, was in a Renault Scenic which was involved in a collision with a lorry.

The 42-year-old lorry driver was arrested and later bailed.

He was questioned on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Mr Reed's wife Margaret, 74, remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital following the crash on Wednesday.

In a statement the relatives said: "No words can describe how we are struggling to come to terms with our enormous loss.

"To lose three members of an extended family in one day, including a beautiful baby girl and her young mother who had their whole lives ahead of them, is almost unthinkable.

"We'd like to thank the people from the emergency services for their efforts at the scene, and also the staff at James Cook Hospital as they continue to care for Margaret."

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