Woman dies after collision on Hartlepool road as police confirm three men have been arrested
Collision investigators have tonight confirmed a woman who had been a passenger in a two-car collision on a Hartlepool road died in the crash.
Officers said soon after the incident two men aged 19 and 20 had been arrested in the aftermath of the incident and have now said a third man, aged 25, is now in custody.
An appeal for footage has already been shared as investigators begin to gather evidence about what happened in the lead up to the crash, which left the road closed up until around 10pm.
In a statement, the force said: “We are very sorry to confirm that a female passenger from one of the vehicles was pronounced deceased at the scene.
One person was taken to the University Hospital of James Cook Hospital after sustaining injuries not thought to be life threatening.
A spokesperson for Cleveland Police said: “Our thoughts remain with the lady’s family at this very difficult time and they are being supported by specially trained officers.
“Three men, aged 19, 20 and 25, have been arrested in connection with the collision and they remain in custody undergoing questioning.
“Inquiries into the collision are on-going."
The route remained closed for several hours after the collision, with drivers urged to avoid the area as the council assisted the police and medics by sending out an alert the road had been closed off to traffic.
A helicopter from the Great North Air Ambulance drafted in as part of the emergency service response, while the North East Ambulance Service sent two ambulance crews, an officer, two of its Hazard Area Response Teams (Hart) and a specialist paramedic to the site.
Cleveland Fire Brigade sent crews from Billingham, Hartlepool, Stockton to the callout.
Police have appealed for witnesses and motorists with dashcam footage which may show a red Audi convertible and a black VW Golf travelling from the A19 to Greatham between around 12.30pm and 12.50pm today.
Any other witnesses are asked to contact Cleveland Police via the 101 number, quoting ref 49411.