TRIBUTES have been paid to a 'much-loved' family man who died during a multi-vehicle crash on the A167 on Tuesday morning.

William Edward Turner, also known as Eddie, was pronounced dead at the scene following a crash involving multiple cars, an Arriva Bus and lorry, at Beaumont Hill near Darlington.

Paying tribute to the 74-year-old, his family said: "It is with deep regret that we announce the death of our father, William Edward Turner, who was involved in a tragic road traffic collision.

“He was a much-loved husband, father and granddad who will be sadly missed. We wish to thank everyone for their support and request to be left to grieve in peace.”

Mr Turner had been driving a Vauxhall Viva, when he became involved in the multi-vehicle crash at around 6.45am.

The crash resulted in two other people being hospitalised after sustaining serious injuries.

On Friday, police said the woman, 75, travelling in the passenger seat of the Vauxhall Viva remained at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough after suffering serious injuries.

A man, 59, driving a Dacia Duster, also involved in Tuesday's crash was taken to James Cook University Hospital with serious injuries.

Earlier this week a 37-year-old man driving a blue Volvo S40 was rrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving while he was later released pending further investigation.

A spokesperson for Durham Police said: "Officers are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision, or was in the area shortly before 6.45am to get in touch.

"They are particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have any dashcam footage of the collision, or the moments leading up to it."

Police said a Volkswagen Golf Estate was also involved in the collision.

The spokesperson added: "Please call Durham Constabulary on 101, quoting incident number 34 of October 8."