Three people have died in a smash between a car and a lorry on a busy North East road.
Police, fire services and paramedics were called to Fellside Road in Gateshead at 2.20am, today after a collision between a car and a lorry.
Three people, who were travelling in the car, were pronounced dead at the scene.
The lorry driver was not injured.
A section of Fellside Road remained closed to allow for collision investigation to be carried and diversions were put in place.
The road has since re-opened.
A police 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."
Anyone who witnessed the collision, or who has any information, is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 92.