One eyewitness described a loud bang, before seeing the lorry driverfleeing his cab and collapsing on the golf course following the crash.
Three members of the same family, including a one-year-old baby, have died in a crash between a van and a car.
A man aged 75, who was driving the car, an 18-year-old female passenger and a baby girl all died at the scene. A 74-year-old woman travelling with them was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries.
The family have not yet been formally identified but are all from Houghton-le-Spring, near where the crash happened this afternoon on the B1404.
A man aged 42, the driver of the Volvo truck, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He was treated for whiplash injuries.
The driver is being treated for minor injuries.
Ben Chapman reports from close to the scene near Houghton-le-Spring.
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