A DRIVER arrested over a five-car crash which left a four-year-old girl fighting for her life has been released by police.
The 34-year-old, who has not been named, was helping police with their inquiries into the accident, which happened on the A194 Leam Lane at Jarrow at 6.30pm on Tuesday.
He was detained on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, but has been released on police bail pending further inquiries.
Signs appealing for witnesses have been put up by officers on the westbound carriageway of Leam Lane, near the Lindisfarne Roundabout.
The girl was in the back of a VW Polo which was hit by a silver Peugeot 406 from behind.
It was pushed forward into a silver Renault Clio, which then crashed into a black Honda CRV and a grey Citroen Berlingo.
The collision left the youngster with serious head injuries, and she is currently being treated at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, where she remains in a “critical but stable” condition.
Police investigating the accident are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area or may have seen what happened.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Motor Patrols South on 101, ext 69191.