A three-year-old girl has died and a teenager is fighting for her life after a horror car crash in County Durham.

Police scrambled to the scene of the fatal crash which left seven people needing to be rushed to hospital.

A blue Peugeot smashed into a van that had been travelling in the opposite direction.

The little toddler, who was a passenger in the Peugeot, died in hospital.

A 17-year-old girl is fighting for her life after suffering life-threatening injuries in the crash.

A toddler was rushed to hospital after the crash where she sadly died

Emergency services rushed to the scene, between Horden and Blackhall on the A1086, at around 2.30pm Wednesday.

The Peugeot driver and other passengers were hospitalised with serious injuries.

The van driver was taken to hospital with minor injuries, according to Chronicle Live.

A spokesman for North East Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 2.33pm to a serious road traffic collision involving three vehicles on the Coast Road on Milton Avenue in Blackhall Colliery.

Emergency services scrambled to the fatal crash

"We dispatched 13 resources to scene and requested support from the Great North Air Ambulance Service, which also dispatched two helicopters.

"We have treated seven patients with significant injuries and all have now been conveyed to three hospitals in the area."

Police have now issued an appeal for witnesses, and for dash cam footage.

Seven people required hospital treatment after the horror collision

Two air ambulances were called to the scene and it is believed some of the injured people were treated at the scene before being taken to hospital.

A total of seven people who had suffered serious injuries were taken to three different hospitals.

Police officers closed the road for a number of hours to allow collision investigators to work at the scene.

Cones had been put in place across the road with drivers turned away from using the 40mph stretch.

Police vehicles and ambulances were seen heading to the crash site throughout Wednesday afternoon.