Tributes to three teens killed in head on crash near Mexborough

DOZENS of tributes have been left at the scene of a head-on road crash in South Yorkshire which left three teenagers, including a 16 year-old girl, dead.

The smash happened last night just outside Mexborough, when a silver Vauxhall Corsa crashed into a Volkswagen Golf.

Jonathan Scott, 17, from Conisbrough, South Yorkshire, and Robert Ryan Tepper, also 17, from Mexborough, were in the front of the Corsa and died as a result of the crash, South Yorkshire Police said.

A 16-year-old girl who was in the back of the Corsa was also killed. She has not been named by police.

Police have not said which of the teenagers was driving.

A steady flow of well-wishers visited the scene on Adwick Road, travelling out of Mexborough towards Adwick-upon-Dearne, today.

Many were visibly upset and laid bunches of flowers at the foot of a signpost on grass opposite the Crow Tree Lane junction, in memory of the teenagers.

One read: "Lauren, Rob and Jon. Gone but never forgotten.

"God only takes the best. You will be missed by everyone."

Another said: "RIP JONO. Just shows mate how God takes the best ones first.

"Always loved and remembered. Never forgotten.

"Love you, Wrighti."

A police spokesman said the collision happened around 8pm last night when the Corsa was overtaking a silver Fiat Punto on Adwick Road, near the junction with Crow Tree Lane.

A Vauxhall Astra had just overtaken the Fiat successfully and the Corsa then tried overtaking the Fiat.

The spokesman said: "Before it could complete the manoeuvre the Corsa collided head-on with a Volkswagen Golf travelling in the opposite direction."

Another teenage male who was in the rear of the Corsa suffered serious injuries and was taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

The Golf driver, an elderly man, sustained minor injuries.

Two police collision investigators were at the scene this afternoon, taking photographs and walking the busy stretch of road.

A bottle of Budweiser had been placed among the growing pile of flowers.

One card left with a bouquet of flowers read: "RIP Lauren. You will always be missed, still can't believe it's you. Never forget you.

"Always in our hearts."

A force spokesman said a 19-year-old Swinton man and an 18-year-old man from Mexborough were arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving but later bailed pending further inquiries.

The crash is the second tragedy of this kind to happen over the Christmas long weekend.

Two teenagers were killed on Boxing Day when the car they were travelling in veered off a dual carriageway and crashed into a field around 11.50pm in Handforth, Cheshire.

Cheshire Police said the men were pronounced dead at the scene and two other teenagers escaped with non-life threatening injuries.