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Four young men have died after a car crashed into a house on the A4 in Wiltshire during the early hours of Sunday, police said.
The accident took place at approximately 3am with police, fire and ambulance crews all rushing to the scene.
Wiltshire Police shared details of the incident which also caused the closure of the A4 and the A342 as emergency services tended to the accident.
The fatalities came after a car crashed in to a house and burst in to flames – while the occupants quickly contacted emergency services who battled to save those involved in the accident.
Wiltshire Police later confirmed casualties, saying in a statement on Sunday afternoon: "Four people have tragically died in a collision in Derry Hill, near Calne."
Describing the scene of the accident, they continued: "Police, fire and ambulance crews were called to the scene on the A4 at approximately 3am this morning (16/08).
"A vehicle had crashed into the side of a house and subsequently caught on fire.
"The occupants of the house immediately called 999 and were evacuated while the fire service extinguished the blaze. Fortunately, nobody inside the house was injured."
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The police added: "Sadly, the four occupants of the vehicle – all young males from the local area – died at the scene.
"Our thoughts, and the thoughts of all those at Wiltshire Police are with their families and friends at this extremely difficult time."
Wiltshire Police's Supt Steve Cox gave further information about the accident.
He said: "This was an absolutely horrific collision on our roads in the early hours of this morning.
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"All blue light services attended the scene and were met with devastating scenes after a vehicle appears to have been travelling along the A4 when it has collided with a house and caught on fire.
"All four occupants of the vehicle died at the scene.
"Their families have been informed and we are in the process of assigning each family with specialist trained officers. Our thoughts, and the thoughts of all at Wiltshire Police are with them all today."
Both the A4 and the A342 have been closed since the accident occurred at 3am, and police confirmed the roads remain closed while the investigation and recovery work continues.
Police have appealed for witnesses to give evidence if they witnessed the crash.
They appealed: "If you have any information regarding the collision, please call 101 and quote log number 64 of August 16."
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