Three South Yorkshire teenagers die in car crash

31 January 2011, 11:20

Three teenagers died in the early hours of Sunday morning after their Honda Civic came off the A360 near Doncaster smashing into two parts.

The tragedy comes just a month after another fatal car crash took place in nearby Mexborough which also claimed the lives of three young teenagers.

The trio, have been named as driver Michael Gallagher, 16 from Warmsworth, Tom Hughes, 15 from Bessacarr and Antonia Browne, 14 from Balby.

The youngsters were announced dead upon arrival at Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

The exact cause of the crash is unknown, but Chief Superintendent Keith Lumley of South Yorkshire Police said the car failed to negotiate a left hand bend on the 60mph road on road conditions he described as "cold, wet and probably icy."  

Given the driver was only 16 he was unlicensed and Superintendent Lumley suggested "he would have been very inexperienced".

A facebook group has been set up for Antonia Browne who was due to celebrate her 15th birthday this week.

Flowers were laid at the scene within hours. One hand written note said 'Sorry you have gone from us too soon, you will always have a place in my heart and will be forever missed in our lives. Love you forever. Tazmin.'

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