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Featherstone Rovers player Gareth Swift dies in crash

Gareth Swift
Featherstone Rovers said the club was "devastated" by Mr Swift's death

Rugby league player Gareth Swift has been killed in a car crash in West Yorkshire, police have confirmed.

Mr Swift, 19, a hooker at Featherstone Rovers, was killed when the car he was travelling in with team-mate Charlie Tosh crashed on Saturday night.

Mr Tosh, also 19, who plays for the team's reserve side, suffered severe neck and spinal injuries, police said.

Officers said Mr Tosh lost control of the car while overtaking on Wakefield Road, Normanton, on Saturday night.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said the Volkswagen Polo the pair were travelling in had been overtaking at speed while entering a left hand bend in the road.

'Team devastated'

Mr Tosh lost control and the car ended up on its roof.

Police were called to the scene at 2250 BST.

A statement on the club's website said the team were "devastated" at the news.

"The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Featherstone Rovers are with the families and loved ones of both Gareth and Charlie at this very sad time," it read.

The club also said that its chaplain, Vic Johnson, would be available for prayers at the Big Fellas Stadium in Featherstone on Monday morning.

In a separate incident, a man is seriously ill in hospital after apparently collapsing at the wheel of his car in Doncaster Road, Wakefield.

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