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Three killed as new driver crashed in Hertfordshire

Jack Boyton, Harry Ferrand and Ashley Jones
Image caption Jack Boyton, 17, Harry Ferrand, 17, and Ashley Jones, 19, all died in the crash on the A10 in Hertfordshire

A teenage driver crashed his new car into a parked lorry, killing himself and two friends in Hertfordshire, an inquest has heard.

Jack Boyton, 17, from Enfield, was driving his Vauxhall Corsa north on the A10 near Hoddesdon when he hit the lorry in a lay-by on 9 November.

He died at the scene along with Harry Ferrand, 17, from Enfield, and Ashley Jones, 19, from Canvey Island, Essex.

A third passenger, Liam Bradshaw, was left with with brain injuries.

Lorry driver Nigel Bennett told Hatfield Coroner's Court he was having a break in his lorry in the lay-by at 02:15 GMT when there was "a massive bang".

He said his lorry had been pushed off the tarmac and the blue car was embedded in the trailer.

"I had never experienced anything like it, it was like the suspension had collapsed," he said.

Mr Boyton, who had just passed his driving test, had recently got a job at an estate agents and the other boys were students.

The court heard tests had shown none of the victims had been drinking or taking drugs and there were no mechanical faults with the 02-registered Corsa.

Coroner Edward Thomas recorded a verdict of accidental death on all three boys.

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