THREE young lives were lost on Saturday evening in a horror crash, leaving the community of Elkesley in shock.

THREE young lives were lost on Saturday evening in a horror crash, leaving the community of Elkesley in shock.

Villagers were said to be 'traumatised' by the news that Gareth McAlorum 23 and Ian Sharpe, 37, from Lawnwood Avenue and Shaun Woodcock, 29, from Headland Avenue, had all died when the silver VW Golf GTI they were in went out of control and smashed into a tree near Gamston on Saturday evening.

All three men were taken to Bassetlaw Hospital, where they were certified dead. No other vehicle was involved in the accident.

It is understood the men were travelling back to Elkesley after visiting Retford town centre when the accident happened.

Emergency services rushed to the A638 and fought to release two of the occupants who were trapped in the wrecked car, which was still embedded in the tree.

The third man, who was being given first aid by passing motorists when fire crews and paramedics arrived, also died in the crash.

Fire and Rescue Services spokesman Simon Roberts said the car had to be dragged away from the tree with a winch before his men could start releasing the victims from the wreckage.

"Once we got it clear we cut the whole passenger side away to make some space to work," he said.

"It was a long and difficult task as two of the occupants were badly trapped inside."

Fire crews were at the scene for around three hours, and the crash caused a section of the A638 to be closed until the wreckage could be cleared.

The crash sparked an appeal for witnesses, which rescuers claimed was one of the worst they had had to deal with.

"We would like to speak with anyone who saw what happened and also anybody who can help us piece together the circumstances leading up to the crash," said a police spokesman.

"We also want anyone who saw the vehicle in Retford before it left for Elkesley to phone the Ollerton traffic wing on 0115 9670999.

And on Friday evening an 18-year-old car driver also lost his life when his Ford Escort was in collision with a Scania articulated lorry on the Sturton Road near West Burton Power Station.

Daniel Stephen Taylor of Main Street, North Leverton, died in the accident, which happened on the Bole side of the power station at about 8pm.

Retford's fire chief Glenn Mears described the situation when he arrived as horrific.

"The car was very badly wrecked. Because of the severity of the crash our role was mainly to preserve the scene until the police accident team arrived," he added.

Police are appealing for witnesses to contact them at their Ollerton traffic division as soon as possible on 0115 967 0999.

l Tributes to the victims of

the crashes can be found on pages 2&3