Crash victim pensioner loses fight for life

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A PENSIONER has died in hospital after the car she was travelling in was involved in a teatime collision.

The 67-year-old woman, who has not been named, was a passenger in a red Nissan Micra when it collided with an Audi Q7 in Cowpen Lane, in Billingham, on Friday night.

She was taken to James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, but died from her injuries just before 3am on Saturday.

The driver, a 45-year-old woman, suffered a fractured foot and collar bone and extensive bruising in the smash and she was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton.

Both women had to be cut free from the car by Stockton firefighters, who used cutting equipment to remove the doors and roof.

The driver of the Audi, a 46-year-old man, was not injured but was treated for shock at the scene. The front end of the Audi was badly damaged in the smash.

It is thought that everybody involved in the collision is from the Billingham area.