Police have confirmed a woman died following a car crash which left a man seriously injured.
The incident on Monday morning involved a black Volkswagen T-Roc which was travelling from School Aycliffe towards Horndale Avenue in Newton Aycliffe.
On reaching the mini roundabout junction, the vehicle continued straight over the junction and collided with a tree just after 9.35am.
Emergency services attended the scene including two Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) helicopters.
Durham police say the male passenger remains in a critical condition.