Police to begin investigation into what caused devastating Pulham Market crash which killed three teenagers named locally as Dominic O’Neill, Kyle Warren and Billy Hines
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Police will today try and piece together the events leading up to a devastating night-time crash on a remote, rural road in which three teenagers lost their lives.
Pulham Market residents expressed their shock and sadness at the death of the trio, named locally as Dominic O'Neill, Kyle Warren and Billy Hines, after the crash in Tivetshall Road - near the A140 roundabout - at 11.45pm on Wednesday.
Fire crews from Long Stratton, Harleston and Diss attended the single vehicle collision involving a black Ford Ka but, despite the best efforts of the emergency services, the three young males died at the scene.
The road remained closed for the majority of the day yesterday as police embarked on a long recovery operation to clear up the area after the crash.
The force's family liaison teams made contact with the families of those who died but yesterday's focus on the recovery operation means it will only be today before officers can start to fully focus on the investigation into how the incident happened.
The community immediately rallied round to offer its support to the families affected, with a candle lit at St John the Baptist Church in Harleston - a town where the teenagers who died were well-known.
The Rev Nigel Tuffnell said: 'There's pain in the town and there's pain for the three families.
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'This is a centrepoint in the town and it seems right that it would be a place where could go to express their grief, lay flowers or do whatever they feel they need to.
'The only way to describe it is shock. People just can't believe it and can't picture that they're not around.'
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Clayton Hudson, district councillor for the Beck Vale ward - which covers Pulham Market - said: 'They are teenage people who have been taken so early. I'm pretty sure the community will pull together with regards to this.
'My own personal reaction is one of shock. I am just really sorry this has claimed three lives. It brings it home that unfortunately motor cars are dangerous.'
On Thursday evening a lantern parade was also held to pay tribute to the teenagers.
Hundreds gathered at the airfield at Eye to release Chinese lanterns in the young men's memory.
Police urged anyone with any information about the crash to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Team (SCIT) at Norfolk Constabulary on 101.
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