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Five teenage school friends killed in two-car collision

By Staff Reporter

A 21-year-old man has been arrested after a car crash left five teenagers dead.

Police have named the young people who died in the collision between two cars in South Yorkshire as Bartosz Bortniczak (18), Blake Cairns (16), Arpad Kore (18), Jordanna Goodwin (16) and Megan Storey (16), who are all from Doncaster.

All five were in a blue Toyota Corolla car which was in collision with a grey Seat Leon on the A630 road just outside Conisbrough at about 9.40pm on Saturday.

The 21-year-old Doncaster man arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving has been released on bail while police continue their investigation.

He was driving a third car - a Vauxhall Corsa.

Four of those who died were students at Danum Academy, in Doncaster.

Police believe the five occupants of the Toyota met the driver of the third vehicle at a restaurant in Doncaster some time before the crash.

Both vehicles were heading away from the town at the time of the collision.

Inspector Pete Serhatlic of South Yorkshire Police said: "It was absolutely horrific. There's no other words to describe it.

"I'd rather not go into any details about what it was like but it was extremely traumatic."

Asked about whether the stretch of road is an accident black spot, he said: "It's the second multiple fatality within a short space of time but it's not really a location where you consistently get road traffic collisions of a serious nature.

"It's just that the ones you do get on that stretch of road seem to, unfortunately, involve multiple deaths.

"It's a national speed limit road but it's not one that picks up accidents on a daily or weekly basis."

He added: "Undoubtedly it was foggy last night.Whether that had a bearing on the incident - it's too early to say."

The crash happened just 100 metres from the scene of a crash which left three teenagers dead in 2011. In that crash, the three died after the car they were in hit a tree and was torn apart. Faded memorials from that tragedy are still visible on a nearby tree.

Danum Academy head Rebecca Staples said the school had opened books of remembrance and will have quiet rooms on both sites with counsellors available from this morning.

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