Swindon A419 crash: Two female victims named by police

The scene of the crash on the A419 near Swindon
Image caption The group's Renault Clio left the A419 near the junction with the A420
The scene of the crash on the A419 near Swindon
Image caption The female driver, 19, died at the scene and a female passenger died in hospital

Two people killed in a car crash on the A419 in Wiltshire have been named by police as Shaya Rae Leigh, 18, and Kerrylee O'Leary-Staniford, 17.

The pair, from Swindon, were travelling north at 05:00 BST when their car left the road and rolled down a bank.

Three male passengers, all aged 20, were seriously injured and are being treated in hospital.

Police described the incident as "horrific" and appealed for any witnesses to come forward.

A Wiltshire Police spokesman said the force was alerted by a motorist who had seen the car leave the carriageway.

Thrown clear

"Police officers found a grey Renault Clio with substantial damage in undergrowth about 20m from the road," he added.

Four ambulance crews and three rapid response paramedics were sent to help.

Ms Leigh, who was driving, was pronounced dead at the scene. Ms O'Leary-Staniford died later at Great Western Hospital in Swindon.

Police said the three men were all thrown clear of the vehicle.

Two are critically injured and in intensive care at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol, while the third is being treated for serious injuries in Great Western Hospital.

PC Jeff Rice, of the Roads Policing Unit at Wiltshire Police, said: "This was an horrific incident and we would like to offer our condolences to the families of the two young women who sadly died.

"We are very keen to hear from anyone who was on the A419 near the scene at around 5am today.

"We would also like to hear from anyone with any information about the movements of the people in the car during Friday night and the early hours of Saturday."

Anyone with information is asked to call Wiltshire Police on 101 and ask for the Serious Collision Investigation Team.

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