Police renew appeal over A350 crash which claimed three car wash workers' lives

This Is Wiltshire: The car in which the three men died. Picture by Trevor Porter The car in which the three men died. Picture by Trevor Porter

Police are still appealing for sightings of a Volvo in which three men died in an horrific fireball in the early hours of Sunday.

The Volvo S80 left the road on the A350 at Hag Hill, near Semington, at 5.45am. It crashed into a hedge and burst into flames.

All three occupants of the car died at the scene. Accident investigators say due to the extent of their injuries sustained it will take days to officially identify them.

PC Peter Williamson, from the Roads Policing Unit at Wiltshire Police, said: “The damage caused to the vehicle also means the forensic tests on this will take a longer period. This is a very complex and detailed investigation which is likely to run for some time.

“I would repeat our appeal for anyone who witnessed the collision to come forward – any piece of information might prove vital to the investigation.”

Police will use DNA records to try and establish their identities.

The men, who are believed to be Lithuanian, worked at the Bubbles car wash at Spencer Sport and Social Club in Beanacre.

The car wash manager, said staff are devastated. One of the victims had only started working there last week. One victim’s brother is still working at the car wash.

Fellow employees left floral tributes and seven candles, at the scene of the crash. It is believed that some of crash victims lived in Malvern Close, Melksham.

A neighbour said: “There were a couple of police cars outside the house where the Bubbles guys live at around 7.30am Sunday morning, but I didn’t realise what had happened.”

The A350 between the Semington roundabout and Stony Gutter was closed for 11 hours. Specially trained officers were required to remove the vehicle due to the extent of the damage.

One fire crew from Trowbridge attended the scene after receiving a call at 5.46am and used two breathing apparatus and one hose reel jet to extinguish. They left the scene at 7.20am, before returning at midday.

Anyone with information about the crash can contact the Serious Collision Investigation Team at Wiltshire Police on 101.

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