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Two boys killed as car hits tree

Two teenage boys were killed and two more are fighting for their lives after the car they were travelling in left the road "at speed" and hit a tree.

The boys are thought to have been picked up by a 21-year-old without the permission of their parents. The driver is seriously ill in hospital.

The accident happened at 1.50pm yesterday on the A62 Gelderd Road, Morley, Leeds, West Yorkshire Police said.

Boys aged 13 and 14, both from the Leeds area, were killed. Two 14-year-old boys remain critically ill in hospital.

Superintendent Sam Millar of Leeds Police said: "This is a terrible tragedy for two young boys who had their whole lives ahead of them.

"Specially trained officers are currently investigating the exact circumstances of the incident and helping the families in what is a terrible time for them.

"The two boys were from the local area and attended the Bruntcliffe Secondary School and Morley Academy and we are also supporting the schools at this difficult time.

"It is thought that a 21-year-old man picked the four boys up from their homes without the permission of their parents.

"We are appealing for any witnesses to how the car - a blue coloured Peugeot - was being driven before the incident. We believe the car overtook another vehicle at speed and then collided with a tree on Gelderd Road near to the Finning premises. The car was being driven in the direction of Gildersome at the time.

"The driver remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition. We are appealing for any witnesses to the specific incident but also the movements and behaviour of the car during the rest of the day. We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who saw the vehicle at the Tesco Express store.

"I would also like to praise a number of members of the public who stopped at the scene of the incident and helped in whatever way they could."

Any witnesses are asked to contact the major collision and enquiry team on 101.


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