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Tributes have been paid to four men who died in a crash.

The men aged 18, 19, 25 and 44, all named locally as part of the Cash family, were killed when their vehicle hit a tree in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Police were called at 12.54am to Lenham Road, Headcorn, following the collision involving a bronze Toyota Hi Lux.

Officers and ambulance crews rushed to the scene.

The family lived in nearby Martin's Gardens and were travelling in a Broadoak Paving works vehicle.

It is believed they were on their way to watch heavyweight Tyson Fury's clash with Deontay Wilder on TV.

A 15-year-old boy, who was also a passenger, was taken to a London hospital with life-threatening head injuries.

Dennis Mccann has paid tribute
Dennis Mccann has paid tribute

Up-and-coming Kent boxer Dennis McCann has paid tribute on social media to one of the dead men.

The undefeated bantamweight, who is promoted by Frank Warren, posted a photo of himself with John Cash.

It has the message "one of my best friends, my brother, love you cuz".

Meanwhile, local MP Helen Whately has described the incident as “horrendous and shocking”.

The police's serious collision investigation unit, which was at the scene for more than 12 hours, is appealing for any witnesses to get in contact.

An aerial photo of the scene of the accident in Lenham Road, Headcorn Picture: UKNIP
An aerial photo of the scene of the accident in Lenham Road, Headcorn Picture: UKNIP

Family and friends of the victims visited the area to pay their respects.

One man, who asked not to be named, said one of the men was his uncle and he found out first thing this morning what had happened.

He said: "He was a great, great man and I am broken I am still very confused and I am trying to find answers on why it happened."

The wreckage of the vehicle was taken away just before 1pm on Sunday.

A nearby resident has told how he was was woken by loud bang which was followed by the arrival of emergency crews.

He said: "The whole road was full of blue lights – they have been there all night. It was very, very foggy along the road and has been the past few nights."

Police attend the scene of a crash in Lenham Road, Headcorn Picture: UKNIP
Police attend the scene of a crash in Lenham Road, Headcorn Picture: UKNIP

MP Helen Whately, who represents Headcorn as part of her Faversham and Mid-Kent constituency, said: “News of this crash is horrendous and shocking. My deepest sympathies are with the families and loved ones of the young men who have lost their lives.

“This is just so unbelievably sad. I know people in Headcorn will be deeply shocked by what has happened. Thank you to the emergency services and everyone involved in responding.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has CCTV, mobile phone or dash camera footage should call SCIU on 01622 798538 quoting reference SM/LB/114/21. Alternatively, email sciu.td@kent.police.uk

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