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Three friends killed in crash horror as Mini ploughs into tree

PUBLISHED: 15:15 19 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:58 05 October 2010

Spot where Mini ploughed into tree on A12

Spot where Mini ploughed into tree on A12

THREE friends in their early 20s were killed when their Mini ploughed into a tree in East London. Police today are appealing for witnesses after the crash on the A12 at Chadwell Heath at 2.45pm yesterday in which two women and a man died travelling in the back seat and two other men in the front were badly injured

By Mike Brooke

THIS is the scene where three friends in their early 20s were killed when their Mini ploughed into a tree in East London.

Police today are appealing for witnesses after the crash on the A12 at Chadwell Heath at 2.45pm yesterday in which two women and a man died travelling in the back seat and two other men in the front were badly injured.

The three who died had known each other from primary school in Wapping in London’s East End where they grew up.

The silver Mini Cooper was seen travelling eastward at speed along the Eastern Avenue dual carriageway between the Barley Lane and Whalebone Lane traffic lights when it mounted the nearside kerb and hit the tree sideways on, Scotland Yard said this-afternoon.

The two women who died have been named as 20-year-old Ashlie Plummer from Poplar and Natalie Mifsud from Bow who turned 21 in November.

The man who died with them in the back of the Mini was 23-year-old Terry Pluck, also from Bow.

A Post Mortem takes place tomorrow (Tuesday) at King George’s hospital in Seven Kings.

The car only had four factory-fitted seatbelts, crash investigators have revealed.

The two men travelling in the front, the driver aged 20 and the fourth passenger aged 21, were taken by ambulance to hospital where their conditions were later said to be comfortable.

Pol Sgt Mark Robson said: “This tragic incident has ended with three young people losing their lives needlessly.

"We urge anyone who may have seen the car along the A12 to help us piece together the events that lead up to these deaths.”

Police want to hear from drivers or anyone in Eastern Avenue who may have seen the silver Mini Cooper at 2.45pm on Sunday to contact them on 020-8597 4874.


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