A 25-YEAR-OLD woman has been killed in a horror crash after her car veered off the road and smashed into a tree.
The ambulance and fire services rushed to the scene on the A167 in County Durham at around 3am this morning – but Natalie Marshall couldn't be saved.
The young casualty, from Bishop Auckland, was driving the Mercedes C Class when it swerved and crashed, although she wasn't alone in the car.
A man in his 20s was with her in the vehicle – he was rushed to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough with serious injuries where he remains.
Police investigating the scene are urging witnesses to come forward who might have seen the collision or have dashcam footage of the vehicle beforehand.
Tributes in Natalie's memory have been flooding social media from heartbroken friends and family.
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One pal posted on Facebook: "Thank you so much for being you because there certainly won’t ever be another Natalie Elizabeth Marshall to grace our lives.
"You brought so much love, laughter, fun and kindness not only in to our lives but to anyone that met you!"
Others called Natalie an "angel" and "one in a million".
From photos shared on her social media, Natalie seemed to love spending time with her friends, going for drinks and getting glammed up.
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Her family issued a heartbreaking statement about losing her so soon.
It read: “Natalie was a very well-loved daughter, sister, auntie, and friend.
"We can’t put into words how we all feel about the loss of the biggest and strongest personality we knew.
“Natalie would light up the room as soon as she walked in, she was the most hard working and selfless young woman.
“We are well and truly heartbroken by this tragedy. I know for sure she has a place in many people’s hearts.”
Friends and relatives are already arranging a moving memorial for the 25-year-old online.
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One person posted: "Right come on guys let’s give this girl the send off she needs!
"We are going to be holding a balloon send off for our one and only Natalie Marshall."
The plan is for everyone who knew and loved Natalie to release a black balloon together.
She added: "Please make sure everyone wears sunglasses as these were our girl's favourite thing to wear!"
Very kindly, a party supply shop commented on the post, offering to donate balloon sales to Natalie's sisters.
It wrote: "As Natalie was a big part of a lot of peoples hearts, we’ve decided to donate any profit to her family.
"We hope to make a big impact to them so every balloon bought will be going to them to help them however they need."
Anyone who can help Police with details of the horrific crash is asked to call Durham Constabulary on 101, quoting incident number 57 of June 17.
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