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Three killed as 100mph car hits tree.

Byline: By Emma Cullwick and Jane Tyler

THREE men were killed when their car catapulted off a lamp post and ploughed into a tree at a Birmingham accident blackspot.

Horrified witnesses rushed from their homes in Rednal after hearing a huge bang and seeing the wreckage of the young friends' car.

The three men, one aged 21 and the others aged 2 2, died in the car which crashed in Lickey Road near its junction with Leach Green Lane by the Hare and Hounds pub.

Police at the scene told neighbours the vehicle may have been doing around 100mph at the time of impact.

Witness Simon Blythe and an off duty fireman were first on the scene of the carnage to cradle the heads of the driver and his front seat passenger.

He said: "I was in my living room about 8.20 last night when I heard a skid and a large bang. I ran outside and saw the car wrapped around a tree.

"The front end was completely gone and the engine was lying in the road. There were three young lads and I went over and found the driver still had a pulse but the guy in the back seat was already dead.

"We just held their heads and talked to them until the ambulance arrived."

Paramedics took over after Mr Blythe and his neighbour frantically urged the driver and his friend to hang on.

"By then an ambulance had come and we handed over to them but I understand that the boys died fairly shortly afterwards," he said.

"They looked really nice lads. It was a nice well maintained Fiesta, fairly new. This is a terrible tragedy because three families are going to be absolutely devastated."

Simon, who is married with a family and in the RAF, said he had lived in Lickey Road for three years and had seen several accidents.

The 36-year-old said that only last week a motorcyclist died just yards from yesterday's accident scene.

His neighbour John Lahert, a 40-year-old father of five, said: "I was just coming back from my house and got here seconds after it happened.

"It was pretty obvious they were all dead because the damage to the car was very severe and I watched them being taken away, but not in an ambulance." Mr Lahert said he had lived there ten years and had "lost count" of the number of accidents.

"This is a big long dual carriageway and people put their foot down after being stuck in the traffic at Northfield. Speed is a problem and we desperately need road humps or speed cameras."

The friends' car was heading towards Barnt Green when it careered into a lamppost and smashed into a Land Rover Discovery parked on the side of the street.

"The Land Rover had its handbrake on and was in gear, but the force of the impact still made it shunt 20 foot forward," said a spokesman for West Midlands Fire Service.

The car ended up several metres away near another tree on the road.

Its owner Len Catton, 58, said: "The car ploughed into the back of my Land Rover and shunted it 20 feet. I was told by one of the police officers that to do that much damage the car would have had to be doing 100mph."

Paramedics pronounced the three men dead at the scene and their families were today receiving the devastating news of their deaths. Police are expected to reveal the identities of the men once all next of kin have been informed and formal identification has taken p lace.

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Date:Mar 10, 2006
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