A truck driver has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after three people were killed in a crash in County Durham.
Four cars and two trucks collided around 1 p.m. 18.20 Thursday close to the village of Bowburn on the A1.
The driver of a Toyota Hilux and a man and a woman who were in a Vauxhall Crossland died in the accident, Durham Police said.
A number of other people were injured in the pile and two needed treatment at the hospital, police reported.
One of the trucks caught fire on the A1 as a result of the accumulation.
Formal identification of the victims is yet to take place, Durham police said, but the families of the victims have been informed.
A truck driver, 41, is currently in custody in connection with the incident, officers said Friday.
Detective Inspector Dave Ashton, who is leading the investigation, asked that those who may have photos or videos of the crash not post them on the Internet.
He said: “This was a harrowing incident for all involved and our thoughts are with the family and friends of those who have lost loved ones.
“It has been incredibly disturbing and unsettling for those who witnessed the collision and for the emergency services, including police officers, firefighters and paramedics who attended the scene.
“We would therefore ask people to refrain from sharing photographs and videos of the clash of dignity and respect for those who have lost their lives.”
He added: “This will be an extremely complex and lengthy investigation as the collision site is spread over a certain distance and many of the vehicles involved have been severely damaged.
“The road will remain closed for the rest of the day to allow special collision investigators to work on site and to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident.
“The road must also be assessed for damage before reopening to ensure the safety of future road users. Therefore, motorists should avoid the area and plan if they need to travel.
“We understand the significant disruption that this incident has caused and would like to thank people for their patience, understanding and cooperation as we work on stage.”
Those who have images that may be relevant to the investigation are asked to share them with Durham Police via a portal. This can be footage from the dashcam or photographs of the accident.
To submit material, visit https://mipp.police.uk.
It is believed that the road will remain closed for a while while evidence is collected and vehicles are removed due to the complexity of the scene.