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30/06/2018 14:17 BST | Updated 01/07/2018 11:28 BST

Leeds Crash: Tributes Paid To Four Young Men Killed In Collision With A Taxi

Three teenagers and one man have been named locally.

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Four people have died following a crash between a car and a taxi in Leeds on Saturday morning.

The four young men who died following a crash involving a car and an uber in Leeds in the early hours of Saturday, have been named. 

The friends were named locally as Declan Grove, 19, Matty Walshaw, 18, Brandon Frew, 18 and Kaylum Megson, 21.

They were pronounced dead at the scene on Broadway, the A6120 Leeds Outer Ring Road, near to the junction with Bank Gardens in Horsforth.

Officers were called to the crash between a grey Seat Leon car and a private hire vehicle, which was a grey Seat Alhambra people carrier, at 2.41am on Saturday.

Those who died were among six occupants of the Leon, police said.  

Two girls, aged 16 and 17, from that vehicle were taken to hospital with serious injuries. The 16-year-old remains in a critical condition and the 17-year-old’s injuries are not considered life threatening. 

The driver of the Alhambra, a 42-year of man from Bradford, was taken to hospital with injuries that are serious but are not considered life threatening. He did not have any passengers in his car at the time of the crash.

Tributes have begun to be paid to those who died with mourners seen bringing flowers and cards to the scene of the crash.

One mother’s tribute read: “To my beautiful son. You were so loved and adored. Rest in peace. Always in my heart and mind forever, I love you so much Mum.”

Another message read: “You’re always in our hearts forever, words cannot describe the love I have for you little bro, keep smiling up there kid. RIP Love you always.”

Chara Andrews, 19, told The Sun that he had grown up with all four victims.

He said: “When I found out this morning I didn’t want to believe it. They were the best set of lads you could ever meet.

“We’ve had some of the best times and I feel happy now remembering it. I know they all together and looking down on us at the moment.”

Sergeant Fiona Hoodless, of West Yorkshire Police’s major collision enquiry team, said: “This is a very tragic incident where four young men have lost their lives and three other people are in hospital with serious injuries.

“The families of those involved are devastated by what has happened and we are doing everything we can to support them at this very difficult time.

“We are carrying out extensive enquiries to establish the full circumstances surrounding this incident and that investigation is still at a very early stage.

“Early indications are that the Leon was travelling at speed at the time of the collision.”

Police are asking to speak to witnesses who saw either car before the crash and are appealing for dashcam footage.

Chief Inspector Richard Padwell, of Leeds District Police, said: “The deaths of four young people in these circumstances is clearly very tragic and our thoughts and condolences go out to everyone affected by it.

“We don’t underestimate the impact that the deaths of these young people will be having in the community and we would ask that people focus on supporting each other and supporting the police investigation.”