Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Three teenagers killed as car hits tree are named

Tributes left at the scene
Image caption The girl and one of the boys died at the scene, while the third boy died in hospital

Police have named three teenagers who died when the car they were travelling in tore in two after striking a tree in South Yorkshire.

The Honda Civic, which belonged to a relative of the teenagers, came off the A630 near Doncaster at 0430 GMT.

The three were Antonia Browne, 14, from Balby, driver Michael Gallagher, 16, from Warmsworth, and Tom Hughes, 15, from Bessacarr.

They were taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary but were pronounced dead.

Antonia Brown and Tom Hughes were in the back of the car when the accident happened.

Ch Supt Keith Lumley, of South Yorkshire Police, said the car had been heading towards Warmsworth when it failed to negotiate a left hand bend in the 60mph road.

He said a taxi driver had contacted police after coming across the crash.

Ch Supt Lumley said: "As yet we do not know what caused the crash. What we do know is that the road was cold, wet and probably icy. Temperatures have been dipping to just about freezing overnight and we have had some frost.

"The driver was only 16-years-old so was unlicensed and would have been very inexperienced.

"For some reason he lost control of the vehicle and it has collided with the tree across the road."

Friends of Antonia have set up a Facebook page for the 14-year-old.

One friend called Kylie wrote: "Cant seem to get my head around it:/ your love soo much missy its unreal...". Others simply said "Rest in peace" and expressed concern for the bereaved families.

Ch Supt Lumley added that he did not think any other vehicle had been involved in the accident and that the force's "thoughts and sympathies go out to the families."

Any witnesses to the crash have been asked to contact South Yorkshire Police.

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