TWO female university students were killed in a road accident yesterday.

Wearmouth Bridge, in Sunderland, was closed for more than four hours after the collision, which involved four cars and a bus at about 2.30pm.

The students who died, a 26-year-old and a 28-year-old, were rear-seat passengers in a Mazda 232 car.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward, particularly four scooter riders, who are believed to have been in the vicinity at the time of the accident.

Anybody with information is asked to call 0191-454 7555.