Three people have been taken to hospital following a crash in a County Durham village this afternoon (Thursday, February 8).

Emergency services were alerted to a collision in Sunderland Road, Horden, near Peterlee, at about 2.20pm.

The ambulance service, fire brigade and police attended the scene, where three people were treated before being taken to hospital.

The road was closed while the scene was cleared.

A Durham Police spokesperson said: "Three people have been taken to hospital following a crash in Horden.

"Shortly after 2.20pm today, police we were called to the junction between Thorpe Road and Sunderland Road to attend to a two-vehicle collision.

"The collision involved a Citroen car and a VW Polo.

"The woman driver of the Citroen and a man and a woman who were in the Polo were taken by ambulance to North Tees Hospital for treatment."

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A NEAS spokesperson said: "We received a call at 2.22pm this afternoon (Thursday 8 February) to reports of a road traffic incident on the junction of Thorpe Road and Sunderland Road in Hordon, Peterlee.

We dispatched two ambulance crews to the scene and were supported by our colleagues at the fire service and the police. One patient was taken to the Sunderland Royal Hospital and another was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees for further treatment."