TRIBUTES have been paid today to a teenage girl and a young man killed in a crash in Wakefield.
Jessica Ann Harris, 17, and Dean Pinchbeck, 21, both from Ossett, died in the smash in Netherton at midnight on Monday.
The VW Golf Mr Pinchbeck was driving struck a Ford Transit van on a bend on Netherton Lane near the entrance to Strands House Farm.
Mr Pinchbeck and front seat passenger Miss Harris died at the scene of the tragedy.
The man who was driving the Ford Transit van was taken to Pinderfields Hospital suffering from a neck injury.
The accident happened on a bridge over the site of a former railway line near the Bittern Croft new housing estate.
The YEP understands the VW Golf was travelling from Horbury Bridge towardsNetherton and the Ford Transit was travelling in the opposite direction.
Miss Harris’s devastated sister Kimberley wrote on social networking site Facebook: “My gorgeous sister has actually gone. I’m missing you so much baby girl. I love you so much.”
And Mr Pinchbeck’s friend Dale Ward wrote on Facebook: “It hasn’t sunk in yet that one of my best mates is gone. It was only on Friday I was speaking to you. We had some great times, you will never be forgotten, rest in peace mate.”
Floral tributes have been placed at the scene of the accident.
A message attached to one bouquet reads: “To my special sister. Will always love you with all my heart. Lots of love Ben and Lucy.”
Another floral tribute bears the message: “Jess, you will be sadly missed, a good neighbour and friend to all of us. Sharon, Darren, Nathan and Jamie. Rest in peace.”
A spokeswoman for West Yorkshire Ambulance Service said they were alerted at midnight and sent two rapid response vehicles and two ambulances.
One Bitten Croft resident, who didn’t want to be named, said: “Two people died, it is so tragic.”
Police are appealing for witnesses to contact Wakefield Roads Policing Team on 01924 295436.