Page last updated at 16:54 GMT, Thursday, 10 July 2008 17:54 UK

Six dead as lorry and car crash


The road has been closed and police have put diversions in place

Six people, including four teenagers, have been killed in a head-on crash between a car and a lorry in the early hours of the morning in Leicestershire.

A Ford Mondeo and the lorry collided on the A607 between Kirby Bellars and Melton Mowbray.

The Mondeo's driver was confirmed as a 23-year-old local man. The passengers were two men aged 18 and 19, two women aged 18 and 19 and another woman.

The lorry driver, 48, was taken to hospital with chest injuries.

The lorry driver lives in Melton Mowbray, but works for a firm at Grantham, Lincolnshire.

He was initially arrested in connection with the incident but has now been released. Police said there will be no further action.

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Sgt Simon Adkin, of Leicestershire Police, said: "We are still trying to establish their identities, but it believed the six young people were from the Leicester area.

"A full investigation is taking place but the road is expected to be closed most of the day."

Officers were called to the scene about one mile (1.6km) south of Melton town centre at 0154 BST.

The car was travelling along the A607 towards Leicester when the accident took place.

Emergency crews were unable to remove the bodies during the morning but ambulances left the scene at about 1600 BST. The vehicles were moved from the road soon after.

Joy Catlin, 47, who lives in the nearby village of Asfordby and can see the Kirby Bellars stretch of the A607 from her house, said: "There are a number of really bad bends along that road.

"If you don't know the road well, it's difficult to drive. There's an S-bend, followed by another bend - it's really bad."

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