Traffic accident news – Four people, including two young children, hurt in crash
Two young children, a 45-year-old man, and a 78-year-old woman were hurt in the traffic accident on the A688 at Staindrop at a little past ten in the morning.
The silver Rover and black Vauxhall Corsa had been travelling on opposite sides of the road at the time of the incident, when they collided with one another.
The girl, who was eight years old, was helped from the Rover by paramedics, and the ten-year-old boy and 45-year-old man were cut from the same vehicle by fire crews.
The man was suffering from severe abdominal injuries and was airlifted to the James Cook University Hospital. The two children were airlifted to the Royal Victoria Infirmary with serious head injuries.
The elderly female motorist in the Vauxhall sustained a fractured spine and was taken to Darlington Memorial Hospital.
The road was closed while police undertook an investigation, and any witnesses to the two-car crash are being asked to come forward with information which may help determine the cause of the incident.
If one of the drivers is found liable for the collision, the other motorist involved may be able to launch a claim against them for personal injury. Someone may choose to make a claim on behalf of the two young children.
It is also possible that poor road maintenance may be cited as the cause of the incident, in which case the authority in charge of that stretch of road could be found responsible for the injuries sustained.