Teen driver dead and his seven passengers in hospital after head-on taxi crash

A teenager has died after his car ploughed into a taxi in the early hours of this morning.

The youngster had seven passengers in his small hatchback vehicle and they were all rushed to hospital following the fatal crash.

Two of the Volkswagen Polo passengers were left seriously injured in the head-on smash, while the taxi driver was also injured.

The passengers, who had been sat in the front and back seat, remain in a serious condition in hospital.

The cabbie, who was not carrying any passengers at the time, was also taken to hospital but was later discharged having only sustained minor injuries.

The street where the fatal crash took place.

The crash took place in Tongham, a leafy village in Surrey, and a cab firm in the area, Orange Taxis, confirmed to our sister title The Mirror that one of their drivers was involved and was not seriously injured.

Another driver passing the area said “kids” have been out today laying flower tributes at the scene of the incident.

Detective Sergeant Kani Barawi, said: “Our thoughts remain with the families of the boys involved in this tragic incident, which has left one teenager dead and two more in a serious condition in hospital.

“We are working hard to establish the circumstances of the crash and would appeal to anyone with any information to contact us straightaway.”

A post mortem examination is to be carried out to establish the cause of death and an inquest will be opened and adjourned later by the Surrey coroner.

Police were understood to be investigating why the Polo was carrying eight people and whether the number of people contributed to the crash.

A spokesman for Surrey Police said: “We are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision in Tongham earlier today.

“The teenage driver of a Volkswagen Polo was sadly killed when the car collided head-on with a taxi travelling in the opposite direction in Oxenden Road just after 1am.

“The front seat passenger and six other passengers were taken to hospital.

“The front seat passenger and one of the back seat passengers suffered serious injuries and remain in hospital.

“The taxi driver suffered minor injuries and was also taken to hospital.

“He was not carrying any passengers at the time.”

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