Teenager jailed over Burnley car crash deaths

Scene of fatal crash in Marsden Road, Burnley
Image caption The car crashed into a wall and two parked cars in Marsden Road, Burnley

A teenager has been jailed for five years following the death of two of his friends in a car crash in Lancashire.

Kaiser Hussain, 16, and Sajid Khan, 19, from Accrington, died after the car they were in crashed in Marsden Road, Burnley on 10 March.

The 18-year-old driver, Zahid Ali, of Richmond Hill Street, in Accrington, admitted two counts of causing death by dangerous driving last month.

He was also banned from driving for seven years at Burnley Crown Court.

'Strong warning'

Sgt Steve Wignall, of Lancashire police, said: "This was an incredibly tragic incident which left two families completely devastated.

"Ali's reckless speeding that night resulted in the death of two young men who had their whole lives ahead of them and this is something Ali will have to live with for the rest of his life.

"This case should serve as a strong warning to people not to drive in such an irresponsible manner.

"Lancashire Constabulary will not tolerate this type of behaviour on the county's roads and we are determined to bring to justice those people who choose to drive in this way."

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