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Tragedy as boy, 16, and two men die after car bursts into flames following horror crash

NewsTragedy as boy, 16, and two men die after car bursts into flames following horror crash

Two teenagers and a man killed when a car caught fire after a crash in Cornwall have been identified by police. Police were called to the A390 near Saint Ive, Liskeard, shortly before midnight on Wednesday after a car was reported to have left the road and caught fire.

Officers found a 16-year-old boy and two men, aged 18 and 30, inside the vehicle and they were declared dead at the scene.

Jamie Lane, 18, and Luke Warner, 16, were among those who died. Their families have paid tribute to the “amazing lads”.

Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed on Wednesday that two boys and two girls from Liskeard were arrested after the crash on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. They remain in custody.

Officers have also seized a vehicle which they believe was involved in the “tragic incident”.

Mr Warner’s mum, Leanne, updated a profile picture on social media to include her son, which prompted a number of condolences from family and friends.

Mr Lane’s relatives and pals posted their own messages of condolence too, with his heartbroken dad writing: “I loved you… fly free, son.”

A childhood friend of Mr Lane’s described him as an “amazing lad” who would be “sorely missed”.

Sergeant Tina Green, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said: “Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who lost their lives and our investigation remains ongoing to understand the full circumstances of how this tragic incident occurred.”

She added: “Whilst our inquiries are ongoing there will be an increased police presence in the area of the collision and in the wider Liskeard area.

“I would encourage anyone with information which might assist police and anyone who was travelling in the area and may have relevant dashcam footage to report it to us.”

Sergeant Green said officers are aware of some comments and speculation on social media, adding: “I would remind the public that there is a live and active police investigation in relation to this incident and therefore please refrain from speculating about the nature of the incident and those involved.

“If you see any social media commentary that you feel may assist our investigation, please report that to us also.”

The National Police Air Service said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the people who sadly died.”

Anyone with information should contact the police on 101 or report it online at devon-cornwall.police.uk quoting the reference 50230120322.

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