FOUR young men are dead and a teenage girl is in a critical condition in hospital after a crash between a taxi and a car in Leeds.
West Yorkshire Police said the four men – aged 18, 19, 19 and 21 – died at the scene on the A6120 near to the junction with Horsforth at around 2.40am this morning.
The deceased were among six occupants of a grey Seat Leon car which was involved in a head-on collision with a private hire vehicle, which was a grey Seat Alhambra people carrier.
Two girls, aged 16 and 17, from the Leon car were taken to hospital with serious injuries.
The 16-year-old remains in a critical condition and the 17-year-old’s injuries are not considered life threatening.
All those involved are local to the West Yorkshire area.
The driver of the taxi, a 42-year-old man from Bradford, was taken to hospital with injuries that are serious but not life threatening.
'Travelling at speed'
Police in Leeds are appealing for witnesses to the crash and an investigation is now underway.
Sergeant Fiona Hoodless, of West Yorkshire Police Major Collision Enquiry Team, said: "Early indications are that the Leon was travelling at speed at the time of the collision".
She added: "This is a very tragic incident where four young men have lost their lives and three other people are in hospital with serious injuries.
"The families of those involved are devastated by what has happened and we are doing everything we can to support them at this very difficult time."
The force warned motorists that the A6120 would remain shut between Featherbank Lane and Stanhope Drive for some time.