North East Wales

Horseshoe Pass crash: two killed and one injured on A542

Two young men have been killed and a third man injured after their car hit a tree on the Horsehoe Pass in Denbighshire.

Emergency services were called to the mountainous section of the A542 near the Britannia Inn at around 12:36 GMT.

The Peugeot 206, in which the men from the Ruabon area were travelling, hit the tree after leaving the road.

North Wales Police said the injured man remains in Wrexham Maelor Hospital with non-threatening chest injuries.

Fire crews from Llangollen and Chirk were sent to the incident and made a vehicle safe.

Popular route

The road along the pass is a well-known beauty spot, reaching a maximum height of 417m (1,367ft).

The route is popular with motorcyclists, and has a history of crashes over the years.

BBC Wales reporter Matthew Richards, at the scene, said it was believed the vehicle in question left the road and hit a tree at the side of an embankment.

He said the remote route is often closed in wintry weather but conditions were relatively mild for the time of year when the incident happened.

North Wales Police said it received a report of a collision on the Llangollen side of the Horseshoe Pass.

The force said the three men were believed to have been travelling in the silver blue Peugeot car from the pass into Llangollen.

The ambulance service and North Wales Fire and Rescue also attended the crash scene.

The A542 road was closed while police recovered the vehicle and carried out investigations but later reopened.

Officers are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident or who may have information to contact PC 450 Aled Jackson at the Roads Policing Unit on 101 (if in Wales) or 0300 3300 101.

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