A 19-YEAR-OLD man died when the car he was travelling in was involved in a three car smash this evening on the A174 Brotton Bypass, east Cleveland.

The teenager, who was a passenger in a black Vauxhall Corsa, suffered multiple injuries and was declared dead at the scene.

Another passenger in the Corsa, an 18-year-old woman, was taken to James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, where she is in a stable condition.

The driver of the Corsa, a 19-year-old man, was also taken to the hospital for treatment for minor injuries and was later discharged.

A  spokesman for Cleveland Police said that a 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. 

The other two cars involved in the collision, which happened at 5pm, were a grey Audi estate and a white Volkswagen Scirocco. 

A man driving the Audi and a woman driving the Scirocco received minor injuries.

Rapid Response Paramedics attended the scene as did the Great North Air Ambulance with a doctor-led trauma team aboard.

Anyone who may have seen the collision or who may have information is urged to contact police on the non-emergency number 101.