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Teenage Cononley crash victim named by police

A TEENAGER who died in a horror crash at the weekend has been named by police.

Oliver James Barraclough, 19, from Cononley, died after the vehicle in which he was a passenger was involved in a smash near the village.

District councillor Andy Brown, who lives in Cononley, said the tragedy had sent shockwaves through the community.

“Everyone has been left devastated by what happened,” he added.

“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the young man who died and all those involved.”

Floral tributes have been placed at the scene of the accident, which happened on the A629 – near Cononley Lane Ends – on Saturday evening.

One emotional message refers to Oliver’s “infectious smile and cheeky smirk”.

The teenager was travelling in a Volkswagen Polo which was involved in a collision with a BMW X1, shortly after 8pm.

The driver of the Polo, also 19, was taken to Leeds General Infirmary with serious injuries. He remains in a critical condition.

A second passenger in the VW, an 18-year-old man, was taken to Airedale Hospital with what police describe as “life-changing” injuries.

The driver of the BMW, a 63-year-old man, and his two passengers – a 63-year-old woman and a girl aged seven – were taken to Airedale Hospital with minor injuries.

Firefighters from Keighley, Skipton, Ilkley and Grassington attended, together with ambulance crews and police.

The road was closed for about eight hours.

North Yorkshire police are appealing for witnesses to the accident, or anyone with dashcam footage, to come forward. The white Polo was travelling towards Cross Hills, and the white BMW in the opposite direction.

Anyone with information should call 101 and ask for Andrew Ingram. Alternatively, e-mail [email protected] or [email protected] Quote reference number 1220001437.