Friends leave cans and football shirts at scene after 4 men die in horror crash

Heartbreaking tributes have been left at the scene where four young men died in a "horrific" car crash at which their vehicle slammed into the side of a house and then burst into flames.

Items including Stella Artois cans, a Pot Noodle and two football shirts have been left at the scene, by the side of the A4 in Derry Hill near Calne, Wiltshire, following the crash on Sunday, August 16.

Notes left by the roadside also pay tribute to "Jordan, Corey, Matt and Ryan" while a line of bouquets have also been placed by the road and framed pictures of four males have also been left.

One letter read: "You will forever be in my thoughts and I'll never forget your smiley faces. You were amazing people to work with and all filled with joy.

"Keep partying up there guys, I'll always look up and think of you guys."

Police are yet to formally identify the young men who died but have confirmed they are from the local area.

Wiltshire Police confirmed the tragic news of the four deaths in a statement on Sunday afternoon.

Both the A4 and the A342 were closed for much of Sunday following the accident, which happened at 3am when the car slammed into the home of retired builder Peter Connolly and his wife Margaret.

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The couple tried desperately to save the young men from the blaze, but tragically the fire was too intense.

They said they heard the terrified young men shout "help us" as the couple desperately tried to fight the flames.

Mr Connolly, who is in his 70s, told The Sun : "I'd gone up to bed just after 2am because I was watching the TV downstairs.

"I'd just nodded off when there was a sound like a bomb going off. It made the whole house rattle and shake. I was sleeping just 4ft from where the car struck the house."

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He said the collision into his property blew out the windows in his home and caused his wristwatch to stop working at the moment of the crash.

Robert Merrick, a local councillor, said: "The tragic news that we have lost four young men from Calne at the start of their lives in a tragic car accident is devastating.

"My thoughts are with the families and friends at the time and I offer you any support you may need.

"The community of Calne will come together once again to help you and your families at this time. I am so deeply, deeply sorry."

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Fellow town councillor Sam Pearce-Kearney said: "My thoughts are with the families and friends of the four young males who tragically died after their car crashed into the side of a house in Derry Hill."

Following the crash, Wiltshire Police said in a statement on Sunday afternoon: "Four people have tragically died in a collision in Derry Hill, near Calne."

Describing the scene of the accident, they continued: "Police, fire and ambulance crews were called to the scene on the A4 at approximately 3am this morning (16/08).

"A vehicle had crashed into the side of a house and subsequently caught on fire.

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"The occupants of the house immediately called 999 and were evacuated while the fire service extinguished the blaze. Fortunately, nobody inside the house was injured."

The police added: "Sadly, the four occupants of the vehicle – all young males from the local area – died at the scene.

"Our thoughts, and the thoughts of all those at Wiltshire Police are with their families and friends at this extremely difficult time."

Wiltshire Police's Supt Steve Cox gave further information about the accident.

He said: "This was an absolutely horrific collision on our roads in the early hours of this morning.

"All blue light services attended the scene and were met with devastating scenes after a vehicle appears to have been travelling along the A4 when it has collided with a house and caught on fire.

"All four occupants of the vehicle died at the scene.

"Their families have been informed and we are in the process of assigning each family with specialist trained officers. Our thoughts, and the thoughts of all at Wiltshire Police are with them all today."

Police have appealed for witnesses to give evidence if they witnessed the crash.

Anyone with information regarding the collision is urged to call 101 quoting the log number 64 of August 16.

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