Three people killed after car collided with truck
Three people have died after the car they were travelling in collided with a lorry.
The crash happened on Fellside Road, Whickham, Gateshead, at around 2.20am on Wednesday.
Northumbria Police said officers, fire services and paramedics attended and three people, who were travelling in the car, were pronounced dead at the scene.
The lorry driver was not injured.
A section of the road was closed while investigations were carried out and diversions were in place.
A force spokesman said: "We are in the process of identifying and informing the next of kin and we will not be releasing the identities of those involved until this has been done.
"Our thoughts are with the friends and families of those involved in this tragic incident."
Any witnesses should call 101.