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Teen driving car packed with 8 people killed after head-on crash with taxi

A teen driver carrying seven passengers was killed in a fatal collision with a taxi in the leafy village of Tongham, in Surrey this morning

People have been laying flowers at the scene of a fatal collision in Tongham, Surrey today

A teenage driver was killed and two others left fighting for their lives after a Volkswagen Polo carrying eight people was involved in a head-on crash with a taxi.

The young driver of the Polo died and all seven of his passengers were taken to hospital, police investigating the case confirmed.

The front and back seat passengers were remain in hospital after sustaining serious injuries when the Polo smashed head-on into a taxi in the village of Tongham, Surrey.

Orange Taxis in Farnham confirmed with The Mirror that one of their drivers was involved in a crash this morning.



Police closed off the village road following the collision at 1am this morning (stock image)
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The spokesperson said she thinks the cabbie is okay and not seriously injured.

Another cab driver passing the area said “kids” have been out today laying flower tributes at the site of the fatal collision.

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.



All seven passengers were rushed to hospital, two of them in serious condition (stock image)
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“The taxi driver suffered minor injuries and was also taken to hospital. He was not carrying any passengers at the time.”

Detective Sergeant Kani Barawi, who is dealing with the incident, confirmed with The Mirror the collision had taken place and asked for witnesses to get in touch with any information.

In an earlier statement, Sgt Barawi said: “We are working hard to establish the circumstances of the crash and would appeal to anyone with any information to contact us straightaway.”

The police told The Mirror they are not prepared to share any personal details about the motorist who died and his passengers.

A post mortem examination is to be carried out on the dead driver’s body to ascertain the exact cause of his 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.


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