Two men arrested after girls killed in Poulton crash

Carly Notton and Danielle Lanchester
Image caption Carly Notton and Danielle Lanchester were both 17 and from Blackpool

Two men have been arrested over the deaths of two 17-year-old girls in a car crash in Lancashire.

Carly Notton and Danielle Lanchester were in a Renault Clio which left the road and hit a tree, before ending up in a field, in Poulton-le-Fylde.

The crash happened in Garstang Road at about 2215 GMT on Sunday.

Two men, aged 18 and 20, who were travelling in a separate car, were arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

They continue to be questioned by detectives, a police spokeswoman said.

The girls, who are both from Blackpool, died at the scene.

The road was closed until 1600 GMT for accident investigation work.

Police said they were "keeping an open mind" about the cause of the crash, including whether the two cars were racing.

They also said it was not yet clear whether the weather had played a part in the crash.

Det Ch Insp Andrea Barrow, of Lancashire police, said: "This is a very serious road traffic collision in which sadly, two girls have lost their lives.

"I would appeal to anyone who witnessed what happened to come forward and also anyone who saw the two vehicles prior to the collision taking place to get in touch.

"A thorough investigation is underway as we try to establish exactly what happened."

The crash was the fifth fatal accident in Lancashire in the past four days.

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