Two teenagers, one of them a schoolgirl, died and three others were seriously injured when a car careered off a Midland road and smashed into a tree.
All five people were trapped in the wreckage of the Vauxhall Calibra, which crashed on a country road close to the British Sugar Beet factory at Allscott, near Telford, Shropshire, on Saturday.
Fire crews used hydraulic cutting equipment to cut them free from the car following the accident, which happened on the B4394 at about 5.30am.
An 18 year-old youth died at the scene and a 14 year-old girl died later at Telford?s Princess Royal Hospital.
A 19 year-old youth with serious injuries was taken to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, while two other teenage girls also suffered serious injuries and were taken to the Princess Royal.
A spokeswoman for the Royal Shrewsbury said the 19 year-old was undergoing major surgery and his condition remained critical. The Princess Royal said one of the teenage girls admitted was in intensive care in a critical but stable condition, while the other was stable.
All those involved in the crash were believed to be from the Leegomery and Shawbirch areas of Telford.
A police spokeswoman said: ?This is clearly a very serious incident and police will be conducting a full investigation.?
Anyone with information about the crash can contact police on 08457 444 888. n A pedestrian died in what police said was a suspected hit-and-run incident.
A red Subaru Impreza struck the victim at about 2.50am on the A38 Droitwich bypass in Worcestershire, on Saturday.
The pedestrian died at the scene, West Mercia Police said.
The vehicle was later seized by police and its driver arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and leaving the scene of a collision, said the force.