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Death crash teenagers identified

(Clockwise from top left) Ross Johnson, Joshua Drinkwater, Tom Hudson and Jay Thompson
Books of condolence have been opened for the teenagers

The pictures of four Nottinghamsire teenagers who died in a head-on crash have been released by police.

Ross Johnson, 19, Thomas Hudson, 17, Jay Thompson, 18, and Joshua Drinkwater 18, all died in the crash on the A614 near Bilsthorpe on Friday night.

The four were in a Peugeot 206 that was in collision with a Ford Fiesta containing Jonathan and Christine Bray, of Thoresby Avenue, Edwinstone.

A police investigation into the crash is continuing.

Both vehicles caught fire after the crash and the six victims were pronounced dead at the scene.

Tributes at scene

Nottinghamshire Police said post-mortem examinations had been carried out on the six victims and inquests would be opened on Friday.

The families of Mr Johnson, from Parkstone Avenue, Rainworth, Mr Hudson, of Waltham Road, Ravenshead, Mr Thompson, of Denbigh Close, Rainworth, and Mr Drinkwater, of Mansfield Road, Blidworth, have all asked for their privacy to be respected in the wake of the accident.

A large number of tributes have been left at the scene and books of condolence opened at Joseph Whitaker School in Rainworth, which the teenagers used to attend.

Road safety minister James Fitzpatrick visited the scene on Tuesday but said the authorities should wait for the results of the investigation before taking any action to slow traffic on the road.



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