Two teenagers have been killed in a road crash involving a suspected drink-driver.
Police confirmed a man and woman, both 19, were killed in a car crash at the Lincoln bypass in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The 26-year-old suspect was arrested after providing a positive breath test following the fatal collision at 12.50am on the A46.
Debris at the scene of a fatal RTA at the Skellingthorpe roundabout on the A46 west of Lincoln, Lincolnshire
The occupants of a blue Ford Mondeo estate, a man and a woman aged 19, were pronounced dead at the scene following the collision with a white Citroen C3.
Launching an appeal for information, a Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: ‘We have traced the immediate family of the victims and broken this desperately sad news to them.
‘Anyone who was on the bypass between the Carholme and Skellingthorpe roundabouts between about 12.30am and 12.50am and saw either the white Citroen C3 or the blue Mondeo estate before the collision, or saw the collision itself, is asked to contact police on 101.’
The road has since reopened.
Police have not commented on local reports that three men left the scene of the crash and two were located after their taxi was stopped by officers.
Anyone who was on the bypass between the Carholme and Skellingthorpe roundabouts between about 0030 and 0050 this morning and saw either the white Citroen C3 or the blue Mondeo estate before the collision is asked to contact the police.
The Lincoln bypass was closed in both directions for several hours and reopened at 9am.
No tributes have yet been laid on the busy dual carriageway but local residents described seeing a police helicopter searching across south Lincoln for several hours after the collision
No tributes have yet been laid on the busy dual carriageway but local residents described seeing a police helicopter searching across south Lincoln for several hours after the collision.
One said: ‘The helicopter was circling North Hykeham at 3.24 this morning, Asda way. I live round there and it was so loud and low. I guess they caught him at home, from this area.’
Hannah Cann added: ‘I heard the police helicopter out searching in the early hours. Unbelievably sad for the families of those two young people.’
One female taxi driver in the area posted that she had picked up two lads but they were followed and stopped by police.
Samantha Everritt said: ‘Can’t believe they drove off to begin with!
Police confirmed two 19-year-olds were killed in a car crash at the Lincoln bypass in the early hours of Saturday morning
‘Bet they thought they’d get away with it so I’m glad they traced the car so they can be prosecuted. So sad for the families so close to Christmas.’
Cathy Chamberlain added: ‘How heart breakingly sad. Sad anytime but so close to Christmas.
‘Sending thoughts to the parents of the two youngsters. Tragic end to their young lives.’
Sue Grant said: ‘Heartbreaking that two families have had the dreaded knock at the door.’