Five teenagers killed in a two car crash in South Yorkshire

Five teenagers have been killed in a crash between two cars in South Yorkshire.

Police said three males and two females in a Toyota died of their injuries. They were all aged between 16 and 18 years old from the Doncaster area.

The Toyota and a Seat crashed at about 21:40 GMT on Saturday on the A630 in Conisbrough, near Doncaster.

A 21-year-old man believed to be driving a third vehicle was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.

Police said; the man, from Doncaster, was later released on bail.

Four of the teenagers in the Toyota were students at Danum School in Doncaster.

Insp Pete Serhatlic said: “It’s absolutely horrific, it’s an extremely sad situation.

“To a certain degree it’s pretty unbelievable that five young people have lost their lives in an incident like this.”

The scene of the crash is just 100m from the site of a collision in which three teenagers were killed in 2011.

A 14, 15, and 16-year-old died after the car they were in hit a tree. Tributes to them are still visible nearby.

People have begun laying floral tributes at the scene of the smash.

Kayleigh O’Connor said: “They were really lovely people. It’s just such a shock to know they have gone, they were just so young.”

A man who lives near the scene said: “It’s just terrible. It was foggy here last night just like it is now.

“It’s only a few years ago that all those other kids died. Terrible.”

Insp Serhatlic said it was too soon to tell whether excessive speed or the foggy conditions played a part in the crash.

He said: “There have been a number of fatalities on this stretch of road. Thankfully they are not too frequent.

“I’m sure that that this will bring back many sad memories to those families involved and we pass on our condolences to the families involved in this tragic incident.”

Formal identification has not yet taken place.

In a statement, Danum Academy headteacher Rebecca Staples said staff and students were devastated by the news and the upper school is open until 19:00 GMT should students wish to be together.

“We are and will do everything we can to support those affected,” she said.

“We have opened books of remembrance, and will have quiet rooms on both our sites with counsellors available from the morning.

“This is the worst news a community can have, and we will pull together to support all those in need.”

The driver of the Seat, a 45-year-old man from Mexborough, suffered a broken leg.

The road has been reopened by officers, who have appealed for anyone with information to contact South Yorkshire Police.


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