North East Wales

Horseshoe Pass crash: Inquests opened into friends' deaths

Dale Williams (left) and Jonathan Cassidy-Jones
Image caption Dale Williams (left) and Jonathan Cassidy Jones were students at Coleg Llysfasi

Inquests have been opened and adjourned into the deaths of two young men killed in a car accident near Denbighshire's Horseshoe Pass.

Dale Williams and Jonathan Cassidy Jones, both 18, and from Ruabon, Wrexham, died when their car left the road near Llangollen on Monday.

The provisional cause of death was injuries due to a road traffic collision.

Acting north east Wales coroner John Gittins adjourned the inquests.

A third man received injuries in the accident when the Peugeot 206 car hit a tree after leaving an elevated stretch of the road near Britannia Inn.

The A542 road was closed for several hours while investigations were carried out and the car was recovered from the top of a grassy embankment beside the road.

Deeside College has confirmed Mr Jones was a machinery student, and Mr Williams studied forestry at Coleg Llysfasi, Ruthin.

Witness appeal

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

Image caption The car left the road in a wooded area

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

Police have appealed 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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