A woman has died after the car she was travelling in left the road on the outskirts of Darlington.
The 28-year-old was a passenger in the VW Golf which was heading west on the A66 shortly before 6 o'clock this morning. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police believe surface water caused the car to leave the road and collide with trees. Four other people were in the car at the time; two were taken to hospital for treatment.